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DDOT Issues Transportation Plan for District Wharf Opening October 12 to 15

Friday, October 6, 2017
Residents and visitors should prepare for traffic impacts during this time


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DDOT Issues Transportation Plan for District Wharf Opening October 12 to 15

(Washington, DC)--The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced plans for a full-scale deployment of resources to support opening week activities of The Wharf development in Southwest DC along Maine Avenue SW between 7th and 12th streets. Wharf organizers anticipate approximately 20,000 daily visitors to the area between Thursday, October 12 and Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Local and main streets in Southwest will be severely impacted by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Prior to opening, DDOT will optimize the traffic signal timing at intersections along Maine Avenue SW, including 7th Street, 9th Street, the Fish Market entrance and 12th Street. The agency will monitor and make adjustments as needed throughout the opening week and beyond.

Additionally, on Monday, October 9, DDOT will deploy Variable Message Signs to encourage commuters to seek alternative routes during the opening week activities.

DDOT's Traffic Mitigation Plan for The Wharf Opening:.

  • DDOT will deploy eight Traffic Control Officers (TCOs) in two-person teams at the intersections that cross Maine at 7th Street, 9th Street, and the Fish Market entrance. TCOs will also support parking enforcement.
  • Transportation Network Companies will be directed to pick-up and drop-off passengers along the south curb of Maine Avenue.
  • The Department of For-Hire Vehicles will establish a Taxi Stand on the north curb of Maine Avenue between 7th and 9th streets.
  • To facilitate curbside pick-up and drop-off, DDOT will post Emergency No Parking signs along the south curb of Maine Avenue between the Fish Market and 7th Street; and the north curb of Maine Avenue between 7th and 9th streets.
  • Deploy Variable Message Signs.
  • During opening week activities, DDOT will monitor traffic operations and make adjustments as necessary to address congestion.

Getting to The Wharf

DDOT advises visitors to use transit options to get to The Wharf during the opening.

The Wharf is served by commuter rail, heavy rail, commuter bus and local bus service. WMATA's Southwest Waterfront-SEU Metrorail Green Line station is located at 4th and M Streets, approximately 600 yards walking distance from the intersection of 7th Street and Maine Avenue. The Green Line connects The Wharf with L-Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Silver, Yellow lines) and Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow lines) to the north and Anacostia and suburban Maryland to the south.

Visitors should also consider the L'Enfant Plaza Station, which is located to the north with entrances at 7th Street and D Street, 9th Street and D Street and 7th and Maryland Avenue. L'Enfant Plaza is within a 10-12 minute walk to most of The Wharf area and has a good concentration of transportation services.


The site is directly served by WMATA's Metrobus 74 route with a stop located on the south side of Maine Avenue adjacent to The Wharf. Additionally, a Wharf-operated free Southwest DC Shuttle connecting The Wharf to L’Enfant Plaza Metro, the National Mall, and L’Enfant Plaza Retail shuttle will begin operations during opening week.

Bicycle Transportation

Within The Wharf vicinity, bicyclists have access to multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, signed bike routes and residential streets that facilitate cycling. The Wharf is served by Capital Bikeshare stations on Maine Avenue. During opening week, bike valet, extra bike racks, and a Capital Bikeshare corral will be available.

Water Taxi

A privately operated water taxi will connect The Wharf with Georgetown and with Alexandria, Virginia.

Taxi Cabs

A taxi stand will be located on the north curb of Maine Avenue between 7th and 9th streets. There will be inspectors onsite to enforce for-hire vehicle regulations and the loading/unloading operations.

Transportation Network Companies

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as Private Sedan Businesses, will be directed to pick-up and drop-off passengers along Maine Avenue on the south curb adjacent to The Wharf.


Since the development contains limited parking spaces, including spaces reserved residential and commercial tenants, DDOT suggests that visitors use other transportation modes. The Wharf team has identified other parking garages within the vicinity of the District Wharf.

DDOT advises visitors to be mindful of the surrounding residential neighborhood. Please read the residential parking signs carefully to determine if you should park.

Motorists should anticipate delays during the four-day opening and are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling in the area. They are advised to seek alternative routes.

For more information about The Wharf activities, visit its website at https://www.wharfdc.com/


The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

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