This week we will complete the move to our new consolidated headquarters at 55 M Street, SE and begin an exciting new chapter at DDOT. I want to thank Mayor Gray for trusting me to guide this great agency as we move forward to implement his transportation priorities for the District of Columbia.
The Mayor has proclaimed this “Public Works Week” in the District to honor the men and women at DDOT and the District Department of Public Works (DPW) who deliver a wide range of services to our residents every day. We have tremendous talent at DDOT and a dedicated workforce of 900 employees. Their hard work each and every day makes this agency stand out as a model for the type of 21st century service government agencies can and should deliver. DDOT Delivers. That’s our motto and we take pride in backing it up with action and measurable results.
We’ve also established a reputation for innovation and progressive transportation initiatives. I want to assure our residents we will continue to lead and look for new and better ways to move people around the District. We will continue to expand our bicycle infrastructure and our trail network; continue to expand our wildly successful Capital Bikeshare system; continue to launch more initiatives including LED streetlights and green alleys that create green jobs; and continue to plan and construct the DC Streetcar system. Mayor Gray has made his commitment clear and I share his vision for the District’s transportation future.
At the same time, it is important we don’t neglect the critical services we provide and our residents depend on. I want to make sure we focus on our “core business”, that we promptly respond to service requests, fill the potholes on time, maintain our roads and sidewalks, plant trees, clear the snow, keep traffic moving and ensure our pedestrians and cyclists have safe passage. These are the things that make us stand out on a daily basis, because at heart we are a service agency. If you spread yourself too thin, stray too far from your core business, then you can shoot yourself in the foot as you’re trying to race forward.
There’s no doubt DDOT is on the move – I am extremely proud of what our staff has already accomplished – I just want to ensure we are in great shape as an agency to reach our goals. I look forward to working with all of you to improve and expand our transportation system in the coming years.