Posts Tagged ‘DDOT’

Gray’s Very Ambitious Forecast of January Streetcar Service

The Gray administration is pledging to begin passenger service on the H Street streetcar as early as January, a highly ambitious timeline given the formidable scheduling obstacles.
"The streetcars will start, you know, actually moving around in December," Mayor Vince Gray said this morning on NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt. "And we'll have passenger service probably starting in January, [...]

Streetcar Service Unlikely Before Spring

District Department of Transportation officials expect the streetcar to begin running on H Street NE for testing next month, but passenger service is unlikely before the spring.
In a press briefing this morning, DDOT Chief Engineer Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson said the streetcar is in its "countdown phase," with safety certification set to begin in December. The certification will [...]

How to Lock Down a Neighborhood

The shots that rang out at the Navy Yard around 8:15 on Monday morning and sent workers running for cover also sent another group scrambling: the law enforcement officers and city officials who had to determine very quickly where it was safe for people to be. Operating in a haze of confusion and misinformation, the [...]

If a Church Can Block a Bike Lane, Why Can’t a Strip Club?

The M Street cycletrack is under siege. Last week, I wrote about an M Street church's successful effort to scrap a block of the planned protected bike lane in order to preserve a few curbside parking spaces for churchgoers. The District Department of Transportation's capitulation, I wrote, set a terrible precedent by sending the message [...]

Sherman Avenue Streetscape Project Is Officially Complete

After nearly three years, a whole lot of jackhammers, and a fair share of frustration, the city's overhaul of the Sherman Avenue NW streetscape is finally, officially over.
When Washington City Paper published its Answers Issue back in January, one reader wrote in with the question many residents of Columbia Heights and Pleasant Plains have been [...]

DDOT Expects Fare-Collecting, Passenger-Transporting Streetcars by Year’s End

The streetcar waiting game took an optimistic turn yesterday, as WAMU reported that District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy put the odds that the H Street-Benning Road streetcar line will "go live" this year at two in three.
So what exactly does "going live" entail? There are a few things that have to happen before [...]

Bikeshare Showdown Possible as Workers’ Deadline Approaches

Two weeks ago, a group of former Capital Bikeshare workers and allies delivered a petition to the program's general manager and—eventually—the District Department of Transportation, demanding back pay and higher wages. The current and former employees who signed the petition charge that the company operating Capital Bikeshare, Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, isn't complying with [...]

Bikeshare Workers’ Wage Protest Stops by Wrong Office

Capital Bikeshare workers feel they're not getting their due. They allege that they haven't been paid the prevailing wages and benefits they're owed, and the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating their claim. Last month, 16 current and former employees signed a letter to Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, Capital Bikeshare's operator, demanding back pay. And [...]

Flawed Metropolitan Branch Trail Cameras Not Doing Much to Fight Crime

On Tuesday, a cyclist on the Metropolitan Branch Trail was senselessly beaten by about 15 juveniles, apparently just for kicks—they stole nothing. This raises the question, of course, of what the city's doing to prevent crimes like these. One intended deterrent is the security cameras set up by the District Department of Transportation along the [...]

Is the District Laying Groundwork for a New Transit Authority?

The District Department of Transportation issued a mysterious press release on Tuesday. "Megaproject Update," it said. "DDOT Preparing Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an Integrated Premium Transit System and South Capitol Street Corridor Projects."
The South Capitol Street component was relatively straightforward: a $600 million project to upgrade two segments of the corridor. But the "integrated premium [...]