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by Tim Regan — April 18, 2016 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

Bike Blessing photo via Church of the Ascension and Saint AgnesA downtown church will try to heal the “awkwardness” between cyclists and local religious folk by hosting an inaugural bike-blessing event next month.

Cyclists are instructed to gather on the lawn at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes (1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW) for the ceremony, which is slated for Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

The plan, says Father Dominique Peridans is to bring local cyclists and residents together for a “bridge-building gathering.”

“We’ll gather on the front lawn of the church . . . there’ll be a short, ten fifteen minute blessing for the whole crowd gathered,” Peridans said. “It’ll be a time for people to interact.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — February 3, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study map (Photo via Google Maps/DDOT)

D.C. residents unhappy with traffic lights, bicycle lanes and other parts of the travel experience through Columbia Heights, Park View and points east now have an interactive forum to share their frustration with District officials.

The District Department of Transportation has put online a D.C. map that lets locals identify “improvement points” and include “ideas about how to make the area better,” the agency says. Residents can use the tool to highlight concerns with biking, traffic congestion and public transit, for example.

DDOT launched the map as part of its “Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study,” which kicked off with a community meeting at Trinity University last night. The map so far has dozens of improvement points focused around Harvard, Columbia, Irving and Kenyon streets NW.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm 2 Comments

Bus stop at 16th and V streets NW

The District Department of Transportation is looking to remove eight bus stops on 16th Street NW in an effort to speed up commutes for public transit users along the corridor.

Megan Kanagy, a DDOT transportation planner, announced yesterday at a community meeting that the agency has recommended the elimination of S1, S2 and S4 stops at:

  • Newton Street (southbound and northbound)
  • Lamont Street (southbound and northbound)
  • V Street (southbound and northbound)
  • Q Street (northbound)
  • L Street (northbound)

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

7th Street NW (Photo via DDOT)

Traveling through the heart of Shaw is about to get a lot more difficult.

A major rehabilitation of 7th Street NW is set to begin Tuesday at 7 a.m., ushering in a year of traffic delays and temporary road and sidewalk closures.

From N Street to Florida Avenue, the road and the walkways around it will receive a face-lift intended to improve the streetscape and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists along the corridor by January 2017.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Under Thomas Circle (Photo via Google Maps)D.C. Department of Transportation surveyors aren’t done with their examination of the roadway under Thomas Circle NW yet, likely leaving drivers with “moderate delays” as they travel through the area in the coming days, according to the agency.

Crews are set to close single eastbound and westbound lanes of Massachusetts Avenue NW under the circle on an alternating basis from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting Thursday. The surveying work is expected to end the following Thursday, according to a DDOT representative.

Lane closures due to surveyors under Thomas Circle began on Dec. 14. But a DDOT announcement at the time said the work only was supposed to last about two weeks, depending on the weather.

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by Andrew Ramonas — December 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm 0

S4 bus on 16th Street

(Updated at 5 p.m.) The District Department of Transportation is moving ahead with a plan to add bus-only lanes to 16th Street NW in a bid to improve public transit along the corridor.

Megan Kanagy, a DDOT transportation planner, announced last night at a community meeting that the agency is in favor of bringing temporary bus lanes to the road at rush hour in an effort to fight the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2, S4 and S9 lines, according to local blog Greater Greater Washington.

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by Tim Regan — December 14, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Under Thomas CircleDrivers, take note: District Department of Transportation (DDOT) workers will close lanes under Thomas Circle to conduct road surveys for two weeks starting today.

Workers will close eastbound and westbound lanes on Massachusetts Avenue NW under Thomas Circle between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks, causing “moderate” delays, according to the department.

More details on the lane closures from DDOT:

Arrow boards and cones will be used to close the lanes. Only one lane will be closed at one time. These closures are necessary for DDOT to conduct survey work on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, under Thomas Circle.

Moderate delays are anticipated. Motorists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zones.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — December 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm 3 Comments

Bus stop at 16th Street and Riggs Place (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:35 p.m.) Metrobus riders on 16th Street are slated to have one less place to get on and off the bus starting this weekend.

The southbound stop at 16th Street and Riggs Place NW is scheduled to disappear from the S1, S2 and S4 bus routes on Sunday, according to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announcement made this week. Frequenters of the stop can use the nearby S Street and Corcoran Street stops instead.

WMATA also is slated to add a southbound stop downtown for the “Metro Extra” S9 bus on Sunday. The stop will serve K Street NW at 13th Street NW.

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by Tim Regan — December 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Georgia Ave and Florida nwA stretch of Georgia Avenue NW near Howard University might be a little more backed up than usual tonight, according to D.C.’s Department of Transportation.

Road crews will alternate between closing the southbound and northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW between 8 p.m. this evening and 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.

During the project, which began last night, crews will mill the existing asphalt as part of the Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lane and Streetscape Project. The overall project is expected to be completed by May 2016, DDOT said.

Photo via Google Street View 

by Andrew Ramonas — December 3, 2015 at 10:35 am 4 Comments

S2 bus(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Public transit improvement plans to bring bus-only lanes to 16th Street NW have received a significant boost.

Community leaders in Adams Morgan last night endorsed a proposal that would add temporary bus lanes to the road in an effort to fight the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2, S4 and S9 lines.

ANC 1C commissioners last night voted 6-1 in support of a resolution that encourages the District Department of Transportation to operate the special lanes from Arkansas Avenue to H Street NW during the morning and evening rush hours.

DDOT is studying plans that would let buses and cars share 16th Street as they do now, create bus lanes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays or have rush-hour bus-only areas from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

“I think [bus service] is an absolutely important part of our life as a city,” said ANC 1C chairman Billy Simpson, who voted in support of the commission’s resolution.

In addition to the lanes, the legislation also called on DDOT to implement systems that would allow bus riders to pay their fares before boarding and would optimize traffic lights for buses in an attempt to make commuting smoother for passengers, among other recommendations.

JonMarc Buffa, who was the only ANC 1C member to vote against the resolution, tried to encourage his fellow commissioners to endorse a plan that would have asked DDOT to focus on off-board payment, traffic light optimization and other service improvement proposals, but not bus lanes. Beekman Place condo owners at 16th and Belmont streets NW and Buffa, whose district includes the area, in October urged DDOT not to remove lanes for normal car traffic, expressing concern for locals who aren’t bus commuters.

“It’s been clear that DDOT is in love with bus lanes,” Buffa said. “It’s the equivalent of their great white whale. They are Ahab.”

The agency is expected to complete its study of transit fixes and alternatives by January.

by Tim Regan — December 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

RidePlayWin

Is there such a thing as a “D.C. Circulator party bus?” D.C.’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) says, actually, yes. And you can win a ride on one.

The city agency yesterday announced its new “Ride Play Win” contest, a game that prompts circulator riders to share selfies in a competition to get the most likes on Facebook.

From DDOT:

Show us why you ride the Circulator beyond your commute to work. Celebrate DC Circulator’s 10th year with our #RidePlayWin 10-day photo challenge.

During the first 10 days of December we’ll post daily photo themes to our Facebook page to inspire you to use the DC Circulator outside of your daily commute. Like us on Facebook and share your photo using #RidePlayWin for a  chance to win daily prizes and be entered into the drawing for our grand prize party bus.

That’s right, we’ll drive a special DC Circulator bus to you and have a pop-up party at your location!

DDOT will also award daily prizes from Nando’s, Studio Theater, Down Dog Yoga and DC Improv.

The contest ends Dec. 10.

Photo via DDOT

by Tim Regan — October 23, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

16th Street north of Scott Circle

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close one southbound lane on the service road along 16th Street NW just north of Scott Circle for repairs next Monday.

While the lane is closed, workers will repair the road and conduct “bridge preservation activities.”

Though the closure may cause some inconvenience, DDOT said, motorists shouldn’t expect major traffic headaches.

The repairs and lane closure are expected to last until Nov. 10, DDOT said.

Photo via Google Street View

by Andrew Ramonas — October 22, 2015 at 4:50 pm 4 Comments

S2 bus

A condominium association and a community leader in Adams Morgan are speaking up against a proposal to create bus-only lanes on 16th Street NW.

Beekman Place condo owners at 16th and Belmont streets NW and ANC 1C commissioner JonMarc Buffa, whose district includes the area, have urged the District Department of Transportation not to remove lanes for normal car traffic. DDOT is studying whether dedicated bus lanes and other changes could help combat the overcrowding and erratic service that often plague the S1, S2 and S4 lines.

Axing lanes for normal car traffic would inconvenience many locals who normally drive to work, Buffa and the condo owners wrote in recent letters to DDOT. Borderstan obtained the letters this week.

“Many of my constituents are forced to travel by car because their jobs are located in areas that are not metro-accessible and so their ability to use 16th St. will be adversely affected,” Buffa wrote. “The consensus of my constituents is to ask DDOT to reject the installation of dedicated bus lanes. This was the most common concern that my constituents raised with me.”

Although the condo owners are against bus lanes, they aren’t anti-public transit, they note in their letter.

The condo owners wrote that they support more bus service and keeping stops at V and 16th streets NW. A plan to eliminate the stops at the intersection is among the bus service changes DDOT is considering.

Many Beekman Place residents “have chosen to live in the District but often have long commutes to jobs where public transportation is simply not an option,” the condo owners wrote. “Though some may argue that installing dedicated bus lanes would bring about a change in behavior and result in more residents using public transportation, this simply isn’t the case as these commuters have no choice but to drive to work based on the location of their jobs.”

DDOT is expected to complete its study of transit fixes and alternatives by January 2016.

by Tim Regan — October 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm 0

STOCK-18The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will break ground on new sidewalk repairs and upgrades in Logan Circle next month.

Workers will perform the maintenance on Nov. 2 on 14th Street NW from Rhode Island Ave. to N St. NW as part of the department’s city-wide Americans with Disability Act Compliance Program.

Forthcoming improvements include the correction of drainage issues, repairs and installation of porous flexible paving.

DDOT says the work will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day of the week except Sunday.

by Tim Regan — September 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

STOCK-5The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to install several new bike lanes in and around Logan Circle.

DDOT representatives will share the department’s plans during an upcoming ANC 2F meeting at the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) this Thursday at 7 p.m.

During the meeting, the department will give its notice of intent for installation of bike lanes in the following locations:

  • N St. NW between 15th St. and Vermont Ave. NW
  • M St. NW between 9th St. NW and Blagden Alley
  • 12th St. NW between Pennsylvania Ave. and L St. NW

If the projects meet the ANC’s approval, DDOT will begin installing the lanes in October, said department communications specialist Michelle Phipps-Evans.

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