Washington D.C. Presentation 3Jason Ellis, Chris Flannery, DavidCurtis
Main GoalsDDOT is committed to achieving an exceptional quality of life in the nation’s capital through more sustainable travel practices, safer streets and outstanding access to goods and services.Central to this vision is improving energy efficiency and modern mobility by providing next generation alternatives to single occupancy driving in the city.
10 Key Areas to meet those Goalsi. Strategic Elementsii. Roadway Capacity and Operationsiii. Bicycle and Pedestrian Network (Bike Share Program,iv. Site Access and Loadingv. Safety (Speed traps,Bike Share Program)vi. Parkingvii.General Streetscape and Public Space/Realm (Bike Share Program, Car Share)viii.Transit Service (Car share)ix. Transportation Demand Managementx. Performance Monitoring and Measurement
Live Near Your Work• The District of Columbia matches up to 6,000 dollars made by the employer to keep employees living near transit or their place of employment• So far the plan was implemented by American and Gallaudet University
Live Near Your Work• This policy is meant to reduce strain on the transportation system and reduce costs for the employee• An employee can save up to 3,000 dollars in transportation costs and reduce the time of their commute.
Transformation of U street• The U street corridor has been in decline since the 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. riots• However it has undergone a huge transformation in the 90s
Transformation of U street• Now one of the most popular nightlife destinations in the city• A catalyst for the transformation was the opening of the U street metro in 1991
Program/Privately owned bikes Bikes are good!!! - Since 1990 cycling levels have been on the rise - In the 1990 census 2,292 commuters used bikes daily. In 2009 there were 5,328 users per day. 232% Increase!! - In 1990, 1.0% of all trips were associated with the bike share program, In 2009, increased to 1.5%
Why the increase?Bike lane supply in Washington DC increased from only 3 miles in 2001 to 60 miles in 2011 for only on street paths! There are now also 50 miles of off-street paved paths.
Why the increase?Increase in accessibility - In 2011, Capital BikeShare replaced Smart Bikes, this increased the number of bikes and station 10x to 1,100 bikes at 116 stations citywide. - Improved access across bridgesIncrease in safety - All bicycle parking facilities are located in open locations for easy access for users and in view for security and law enforcers. - Bike lanes are easily distinguished by white markings on the street. Some have barriers separating vehicle lanes from bike lanes. Bike lanes also have separate turn lanes and signals from automobiles.
Why the increase? Encouragement - Cycling is encouraged throughout the city byeducating the riders about safety, health andawareness
Obama Plan (cont.)
Car Sharing2 companies: Car2Go & ZipCarZipCar • join online • reserve by phone or online • get in and drive • charged hourly, daily, or monthly • $8/hr, $74/day, or $50/mo: 8 hours pre-paidCar2Go • one time fee to join • grab it wherever you find one • distinctive car allows to park anywhere • charged by the minute, $0.38/min; gets cheaper the longer you use it.
Hybrid and Electric CarsHybrids: Electric:• Engine and electric • Dont use gasoline• powered Up to 60 mpg • Powered solely by electricity that flows• emits less pollutants from battery packs • No pollution emitted Drivers are eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The District also offers an excise tax exemption and reduced registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles.
ParkingParking limited to residents and visitors due to increase in carsRaising metered parking from $0.75/hr to $2.00/hr550 blocks of Ward 1 reserved with valid parking permits, one side parking - benefit residents
Speed Cameras• $34 million in fines and 651,000 infraction notices in first 25 months (started in 2001) o population only 620,000• AAA reported $23 million in fines in 2012• Traffic fatalities fell by 30%• Aggressive speeding fell by 75%
Work Citedhttp://www.transalt.org/files/newsroom/magazine/034Fall/13speedcameras.htmhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/87719830/DC-Streetcar-Standard-Drawings-January-2012http://www.scribd.com/doc/87719574/DC-Streetcar-Design-Criteria-January-2012http://www.scribd.com/collections/3110801/Great-Streets-Framework-Planshttp://greendashboard.dc.gov/Transportation/Walkabilityhttp://bicyclespokesman.com/president-obamas-bike-lanes/http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-implementing-parking-rules-to-limit-visitor- spots-discourage-driving/2012/11/24/ed055ba2-3410-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html