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Ideas to moveDC Public Workshops

The third and final round of moveDC public workshops–Ideas to moveDC–correlates to the final phase of the development of DC's Multimodal Long Range Transportation Plan. Four workshops and two webinars were held in late October. At the Ideas to moveDC meetings we discussed and collected feedback on the performance of the three plan approaches in terms of achieving moveDC’s vision and goals. We showed how future need and approach performance were used to develop the Draft Blended Approach for our transportation future. The Draft Blended Approach represents the combination of physical investments that could become part of the moveDC plan.

In addition, we provided an overview of an ongoing parallel local bus study. The bus study was initiated based on moveDC public input. It focuses on Circulator and WMATA “Non-Regional” routes, identifying opportunities for service improvements. Findings will be folded into short-term planning for local transit and the moveDC Long Range Transportation Plan.

On this page you can find:

The workshop presentation is available on the Resources page.

 

Thanks for the Feedback!

Throughout this process, your input has been crucial to the development of the plan. During this round of workshops, there were three ways to participate: online MetroQuest activity, traditional survey, or through attending the workshops. You can find summaries of what we heard from you on this page below:

Metroquest

MetroQuest is an innovative�and fun�online tool to gather your insight on how DC should reach our transportation goals. Participants had an opportunity to rate three approaches that have the potential to transform the way we travel.

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CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR METROQUEST SUMMARY PAGE!


Workshop Comments

Two activities were available at the public workshops for participants to provide comments. These also were made available online following the workshops. Comments also were made directly on the display boards pertaining to elements of the Draft Blended Approach.

Build-a-Blend

We asked respondents to rate our three approaches based on which best handled each mode and then compare the draft blended scenario with the three approaches.


Policy Potluck

We asked respondents to read our draft list of policies and tell us how they felt about each. Below are some of the policies where your responses stood out:

Most agreement:

"Pedestrians are the District’s highest priority."
Results

"Go anywhere, all day transit."
Results

"State of Good Repair as a priority."
Results

"The physical environment encourages active living."
Results

Most disagreement:

"Bicycling allowed on sidewalks where streets have limited space."
Results

Varying responses:

"Bicycles and/or taxis allowed to travel in some protected bus lanes where service runs at medium headways and the roadway is of a moderate grade."
Results

"Weekend closures of travel lanes for additional pedestrian capacity."
Results

"Public-private-partnerships in infrastructure."
Results


Blended Approach Comments

Transit Network

 

  • Support for water transit
  • Hesitance that shared lanes can support “high-capacity transit”
  • Support for a Metrorail or streetcar “loop”
  • Streetcar should follow different route from Orange/Green Metrorail lines
  • Desire for expanded transit service hours

Street Network

 

  • General support for a cordon congestion charge
    • Some suggested area should be expanded
    • Some concerned it would penalize low-income travelers
  • Plans streets to be safer for pedestrians
  • Desire to reconnect the grid

Bike Network

 

  • Desire for safe and protected bike facilities
  • Increased education about safety and regulations for cyclists and drivers
  • Multiple comments in favor of G St and I St bike lanes
  • Importance of completing Metropolitan Branch Trail

 


Information Boards

1   Background These first boards highlight information on forecast future population, employment, and travel patterns. Our transportation system needs to adapt to meet the challenges that face District as the city and region grow.


 
 
2   Approaches Networks These three approaches, presented in detail at the last round of workshops, Ideas on Choices, offer a diverse transportation system with many transportation choices throughout the city and connecting to the region. Each focuses on serving a particular theme and no one approach will meet our transportation needs on its own.


 
 
3   Approach Performance These boards show a breakdown of how the District’s transportation system is forecast to perform under each approach and a “report card” which compares the approaches’ achievement of moveDC goals.


 
 
4   Approach to Blending Not one of the approaches we studied alone best meets moveDC’s vision and goals. We will need a blend to achieve the moveDC vision. This board outlines the framework used to craft the draft blend.


 
 
5   DRAFT Blended Approach This map contains all elements of the Draft Blended Approach. It represents the combination of physical investments that could become part of the moveDC plan.


 
 
6   DRAFT Blended Approach
(By Mode)
These map contains the same elements as the Draft Blended Approach board, but there are separate maps for individual modal networks: bike, transit, and streets.


 
 
7   Potential
Policies
We have identified a spectrum of policy concepts that could be part of the moveDC plan. These are not choices (A versus B), so you may feel the same (positive or negative) about many of them. In addition to the Policy Potluck Board, you can read more about this topic in the Policy Primer.


 



moveDC Local Bus Study

8   Local Bus Study The moveDC Local Bus Study is one piece of the larger moveDC planning initiative. The study’s goal is to assess non-regional Metrobus and DC circulator services and identify operational improvements. These two boards give a summary of project process to date and an example of how the routes are being analyzed.