moveDC Public Workshops – Round Two Underway

Yesterday, DDOT began a second round of public workshops for moveDC, our long-range multi-modal transportation planning process underway now. There are 4 in person workshops and two web-based meetings over the next week (more information here: http://www.wemovedc.org/participate.html#choices) and we are looking for the broadest input from District residents, and regional users of the District’s transportation system. moveDC is a plan to make travel choices available and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, and it is this public input that will make for a successful plan. Each of the workshops addresses the whole of the District, and each is designed for people to spend as much or as little time as they are able in sharing their feedback.

DC and the entire Washington region is growing and changing quickly, and this has placed strains on our transportation system as we make options available to people, but also deal with some of the challenges of construction, growth, and aging infrastructure. When moveDC held worPrintkshops in March to gather input on the big picture and the vision for transportation in DC, we heard a lot of common themes, from improved transit services to building a “smarter” and more sustainable system. We also heard some key differences, including some of tradeoffs between “congestion relief” and “neighborhood livability”. The feedback and outcomes from those workshops are here: http://www.wemovedc.org/ideasthatbuild/ We’ve also continued to ask people “How’s it Moving?” to identify some of the specific locations that need attention or are working well. All of that feedback is mapped here: http://www.wemovedc.org/howsitmoving.html

We are now at the stage of thinking big about the future of transportation in DC and what system we will need not just tomorrow but in 2040. Imagine trying to predict today’s transportation system in the mid-1980s, and think of the uncertainty we would face. We’ve been successful in building a multi-modal system in the last 30 years, and now we’re thinking that far into the future and thinking about the investments we will need to make to build on our solid foundation. Based on what we’ve heard so far and the analysis we’ve done, we’ve developed three scenarios that we will refine through these workshops and then test over the summer. Each scenario is multi-modal, balancing the needs of all users, but they take some different paths to get to the same vision. As we test these scenarios over the summer, we’ll understand how each performs both District-wide and in neighborhoods.

We’re looking for feedback now on ideas we’ve missed, ideas that resonate well, and those that may not be as popular. We’ve thought of ideas for transit connections, new roads and bridges, and completing the bicycle network, but we can’t think of everything, and we need feedback on what we’ve done so far. As moveDC progresses, we’ll continue meeting with the Transportation Plan Advisory Committee, and each of these meetings is open to the public and includes opportunities for public engagement (the next meeting is 6/26 at 6pm. Check back here for updates: http://www.wemovedc.org/participate.html#upcoming) And we’ll be back with public workshops in late September/early October sharing the results of our analysis of the scenarios, and working towards a draft plan that we can all use as a road map to guide the future of transportation in our city.

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