DDOT is going to present analysis for potential streetcar routes for a north-south line, along with publci comments received so far and an overview of the next steps in the process. The project is to go in a north-south corridor that connects the Takoma / Silver Spring area to the Buzzard Point / Southwest Waterfront area. The study area extends from approximately 16th Street NW to 5th Street NW, across the National Mall and into Southwest.
This is relevant to cyclists because these corridors might also include bike facilities.
There are four options for streets that measure 60 to 70 feet across, from curb-to-curb. An example of a 60-70 feet roadway width is upper Georgia Avenue NW from U Street NW to Butternut Street NW and one of them has bike lanes.
- Option A: Streetcar in Shared Lane with Bike Lanes and Parking displayed two travel lanes going northbound and two travel lanes going southbound. The streetcar shared the northbound and southbound lanes closest to the sidewalk with other vehicles. In addition, bike lanes were included. Street parking was available on both sides of the street; however, some parking would have to be removed to accommodate the streetcar stops. As seen below, the bike lane would pass behind the bus stops
There are two options for streets that measure 50 to 60 feet across, from curb-to-curb. Sherman Avenue NW north of U Street NW is an example of this roadway width and both have bike lanes.
- Option E: Streetcar in Shared Lane with Bike Lanes and Parking displayed one northbound travel lane, one southbound travel lane, and bike lanes in each direction. The streetcar shared both travel lanes with other vehicles. Street parking was available on both sides of the street; however, to accommodate the streetcar stop, some parking would have to be removed near the intersection.
- Option F: Streetcar in Shared Lane with Bike Lanes and No Parking displayed streetcar sharing the lanes closest to the sidewalk with other vehicles. Street parking was removed in this option. NOTE: the drawing for Option F below does not show bike lanes. I think the error is in the description, not the image
For streets 30-40 feet wide there are no options with bike facilities.
The meeting schedule is below. Those who would like to see bike lanes or cycletracks in this corridor should attend. The MoveDC plan does not include bike lanes or cycletracks on Georgia Avenue/7th street except in the CBD.