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Two hundred miles of new bike lanes and trails. Seventy additional miles of “high-capacity transit” routes for streetcars and buses. Congestion pricing downtown, and water taxis on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. Sidewalks on every street. The city’s 25-year MoveDC transportation plan released in May wasn’t lacking in ambition. The question was how the District would go about hitting these audacious targets.
Today, Mayor Vince Gray provided a partial answer by releasing a two-year “action plan” that lays out the first steps in tackling the broader quarter-century initiative.
The 36 action items described in today’s plan tackle a broad array of challenges. There are public transit improvements, like dedicated bus lanes on a stretch of Georgia Avenue NW, traffic-light priority for 16th Street NW buses, and real-time arrival information in bus shelters across the city. There are cycling boosts, like 15 miles of new or upgraded bike lanes, completion of segments of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and a study of bike infrastructure improvements for the east side of downtown. There are major road construction projects, like starting construction on a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and working on replacing other structurally deficient bridges. And there are pedestrian benefits, including at least 25 blocks of new sidewalks and safety measures at intersections.
In addition, the District Department of Transportation released the final version of the full MoveDC plan. Today’s releases mark the end of an 18-month planning process, which will now transition to implementation.
Map via MoveDC