Category Archives: Transit and Transportation

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Assn. Takes On Neighborhood Traffic Issues

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) is making a push to address on going traffic issues in the neighborhood. Check out the link to a letter sent to the mayor and DDOT below, as well as info about their upcoming June meeting.  If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the Brookland community, the BNCA is a great way to do it.  From an email:

…here is our agenda for our June meeting, next Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm at Brooks Mansion (701 Newton St. NE). I have invited Mayor Muriel Bowser and DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo to our meeting to discuss the serious truck and other traffic concerns that many in Brookland are being affected by. So far I have not received word that they will be able to attend. If they do not, we will use that time to have a community discussion about these problems and next steps for BNCA to address them.

You can see the letter I sent to the Mayor and DDOT Director last week here, which provides an overview of several ways in which DDOT has not been meeting our community’s needs….

AGENDA
1. Welcome
2. Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
3. Information about the Saturday Monroe Street Farmer’s Market – Nick Stavely (Community Foodworks)
4. Update on the Transition Town Network – Diane Roche (Stuart Center)
5. Truck/Traffic Issues In and Around Brookland –
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (invited)
– DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo (invited)
6. Community Concerns and Announcements
– MRP Development at 4th and Rhode Island
– BNCA  Comments on Comprehensive Plan
– BNCA – Solar Solution promo through the Summer!
– Others?
7. Adjourn

You can check out the BNCA website here, the BNCA Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.

Rhode Island/Brentwood Metro Stop Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

If you planned on getting around by Metro rail this holiday weekend, you may want to re-think your transportation plans. Thanks for Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie for spreading the word that the Rhode Island Metro will be closed, see the flyer below for more info.

Brookland Gets Another Capital Bikeshare Station At 18th And Monroe

We were happy to learn that Brookland got another Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) station at the corner of 18th and Monroe NE near Burroughs School. It seems like a great location, connecting the Metro and 12th Street with those  deeper in our neighborhood and in Woodridge. Time to get a CaBi membership if you don’t have one already.

The New G9 Bus Line Brings Much Needed Transportation Option Along Rhode Island Ave

We thought readers would be happy to hear about the addition of  a badly needed additional transportation option starting in March. The new express  bus line, the G9, will run from Mt. Rainer to 14th Street NW along Rhode Island Avenue.

A map of the coming G9  by WMATA via Greater Greater Washington

According to this story in Greater Greater Washington:

The G9 will run every 15 minutes and only during rush hours (from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday).

Metro points out that service will run both directions during those hours, unlike some other routes that only run one direction during peak hours. The agency is in the process of developing printable timetables and maps.

Here is a tweet from Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie who was instrumental in making the bus line a reality.

DDOT’s Crosstown Study Seeks Feedback On Proposed Changes

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketIn recent months we have posted about two DDOT Crosstown Study workshops, which sought feedback from the community about improvements along the east-west connections in Wards 1 and 5. Now you can see proposed changes that have been submitted on this Interactive Map. Greater Greater Washington also has a nice write up of proposed changes,  which includes new bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes that would make getting from Brookland to Columbia Heights quicker and safer for bikers.

There will be a third workshop  to gather input on the potential plans on June 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Trinity Washington University. In addition to this workshop, DDOT will have a Public Engagement Event on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Monroe Street Farmers Market (716 Monroe Street NE). For more info on these two events go here.

DDOT Reveals Plans For Monroe Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT
Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

Earlier this month we wrote about a meeting DDOT was holding about the future of the Monroe Street Bridge. We attended the meeting and learned that the bulk of the project will be repairs to the substructure which has cracks and exposed re-bar in the columns, and the replacement of the superstructure which will extend the life of the bridge for another 75 years. A few days after the meeting DDOT launched this website for the project which includes an option to submit feedback.

The project will be conducted in two Phases, Phase One will be construction and repairs to the north side and Phase Two will cover the south side. It is hard to look at the rendering of the new bridge and not notice that it will be vastly different than the current colorful (if worn and rusty) one. When asked about the new fencing the DDOT representatives described it as “state of the art”, “very modern and…very good looking”. They added that the fence will appear invisible and will stay clean looking. Notably, the fence must adhere to WMATA requirements about height and depth. When questioned by the Brookland Bridge about the lack of neighborhood character, DDOT suggested that there may be a chance to add a sculpture or some other artistic element, but that there are no plans to alter the current design to do so. This prompted us to ask if the purpose of the meeting was to inform the community or to gather feedback.  The representatives said it was just to convey the decisions that have been already been made. They added that instead of gathering community feedback they relied on the Office of Planning to articulate the communities needs. 

The DDOT representatives expressed that they looked at several options but given constraints like schedule and budget, this is most practical design. Further, this project is on a “fast track” because of the degraded condition of the bridge. As a result, several of the meeting attendees requested copies of the studies and analysis done to arrive at this design.  DDOT promised to post that information on the project website, but we have not seen it posted yet.

Another topic of lively discussion was why the project is not going to unify the Met Branch Trail since this would seem like the opportune time to  do so. Currently the trail ends at the Franklin Street bridge, and riders must then bike down 8th Street NE and then the Trail picks back up at Monroe Street NE. The DDOT representatives explained that unifying the trail would require a tunnel under the bridge, and that there is not enough space to do feasibly and that the cost would be too high. However, there will be dedicated bike lines on the bridge and a new traffic signal at the intersection of 8th and Monroe that should help bikers navigate their way across Monroe Street NE.

In addition to the bridge re-build, the project includes sidewalk improvements along 8th Street between Monroe and Lawrence NE, and on Monroe between 8th and 9th Streets, NE.  Also, overhead lines will be placed under ground from 7th – 9th Streets on Monroe Street NE.  At least this will improve the aesthetic of that limited area.

Quite frankly, we walked away disappointed with the design, it just feels soulless. For readers unaware, the bridge was painted in 2001 by area residents, as a memorial to  area youth who have passed away.

We will let you know when we learn of anything significant.

DDOT Roadway Improvement Project To Impact Monroe Street NE Travels Starting Thursday

We thought readers who use and live along Monroe Street NE would be interested in the notice from DDOT below regarding an upcoming DDOT roadway improvement project. According to the notice, the sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and roadway on Monroe Street NE between 12th Street, NE and 16th Street, NE will be spruced up. The project is starting on Thursday April 21st and will continue Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm till complete, so look out for delays and lane closures then.

Monroe Street Improvement

DDOT To Host 2nd Public Workshop For The Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Wednesday

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketBack in January we wrote about the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study. DDOT will host the second public workshop of this study on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  The purpose of this workshop is to present preliminary concepts that enhance multimodal connectivity, mobility, and safety in the area and gain community feedback.

From the press release:

DDOT is undertaking the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to identify improvements along the east-west connections in Wards 1 and 5, address safety concerns, optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor. DDOT will work with members of the community and key stakeholders to evaluate and develop a range of physical and operational improvements. The Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study is a key project in the 2-Year Action Plan for MoveDC, the District of Columbia’s multimodal long-range transportation plan.

The meeting will be Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 8 pm with the presentation at 6:30 pm. It will be at the Chavez Prep Middle School  Gymnasium, at 770 Kenyon Street NW. For more information on the study checkout the website here.

Provide Your Input – Crosstown Multimodal Interactive Map

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketA few weeks ago we wrote about DDOT’s  Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop. If you missed it and would like to provide your thoughts on short- and long-term transportation needs for the DC Crosstown Corridor (the east-west connections along Wards 1 and 5), check out this interactive map. On the map you can add suggested improvements, like biking, pedestrian and public spaces. The purpose of the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study is to identify improvements that will  optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor.

DDOT Transportation Study Workshop Needs Your Input

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketThanks to neighbor Caroline for passing along info about a Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop hosted by DC’s Department of Transportation. The meeting will gather information from the public on needed transportation improvements. From the meeting notice:

DDOT will host a public workshop to kick off the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to provide an overview of the project, present existing conditions and data, share key issues, and gather community feedback.

DDOT is undertaking the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to identify improvements along the east-west connections along Wards 1 and 5, address safety concerns, optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor. DDOT will work with members of the community and key stakeholders to evaluate and develop a range of physical and operational improvements.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at nearby Trinity University’s Main Hall, O’Connor Auditorium at 125 Michigan Avenue NE.