The latest draft of DDOT’s citywide transportation plan, moveDC, calls for a massive expansion of transit and cycling facilities throughout the District, plus new tolls on car commuters. If the DC Council adopts it, the plan will become one of America’s most progressive.
DDOT released the latest version of moveDC last Friday, launching a month long public comment period in anticipation of a DC Council hearing on June 27. If the Council signs off, the plan should become official city policy this summer.
What’s in the plan
Amid the hundreds of specific recommendations in the plan, a few major proposed initiatives stand out:
- A vastly improved transit network, with 69 miles of streetcars, transit lanes, and improved buses.
- plus a new Metrorail subway downtown.
- A massive increase in new cycling infrastructure, including the densest network of cycletracks this side of Europe.
- Congestion pricing for cars entering downtown, and traveling on some of DC’s biggest highways.
The plan proposes to finish DC’s 22-mile streetcar system, then implement a further 47-mile high-capacity transit network that could use a combination of streetcars or buses. That includes 25 miles of dedicated transit lanes, including the much requested 16th Street bus lane.