@DDOTDC: ADA Transition Plan Public Meetings | 9/30 & 10/2

All,

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host two meetings to gather input from the public for DDOT’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan will craft a framework for making the District’s public rights of way accessible to individuals with disabilities by identifying and prioritizing barriers. Public rights of way typically include sidewalks, pedestrian paths, curb ramps, street crossings, driveway crossings, crosswalks, median crossings, public transit stops, and pedestrian-activated signal systems.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to talk with DDOT and Transition Plan staff about the project, and share input about barriers to accessibility, and concerns regarding the District’s public right of way. A short presentation will describe the Transition Plan work and familiarize attendees with the process. Interactive activities will solicit input on preferred ways of addressing concerns.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Library
3160 16th St., NW
Metrorail: Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow Line)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, Lecture Hall
2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE

Metrorail: Anacostia Station (Green Line)

Metrobus: Visit http://www.wmata.com

Parking: Church parking lot available

The public is invited to attend both meetings. Each location will follow the same agenda and host the same activities. For more information about DDOT ADA Transition Plan and meeting updates, visit http://www.adaplanddotdc.com.

For those needing special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Shelley Johnson, at 301-424-6133 or shelley@sharpandco.com, 72 hours in advance of each meeting. These services are provided free of charge.

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DDOT: Mayor Gray Kicks off District’s 2013 Tree-Planting Season

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the officials from the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) today officially kicked off the District’s tree-planting season by planting trees along the 2600 block of Birney Place SE in Ward 8. The tree-planting initiative is part of an ongoing effort to expand the District’s urban tree canopy; through this year’s campaign, the UFA will plant over 7,500 trees across all eight wards.

 

“We’re aiming to establish the District as one of the world’s preeminent green cities,” said Mayor Gray. “By expanding the District’s tree canopy, we’re making D.C. more sustainable and also improving the quality of life for residents and future generations.”

 

Mayor Gray continued: “In the Sustainable DC Plan we released earlier this year, we set an aggressive goal that entails a 40 percent increase in the urban tree canopy by 2032. In order to reach this goal, we need to plant 974 acres of new canopy on private properties, which is only one-quarter of the available planting space in the District. Working closely with agency partners like the District Department of the Environment, non-governmental organizations and citizens, the city can help promote tree planting on private parcels as a means of easily attaining a 40 percent overall tree canopy.”

 

Research has shown that trees provide critical benefits to cities far beyond aesthetics, air quality and stormwater control.

 

UFA has planted a total of 43,329 trees on public space across all 8 wards since Fiscal Year 2005, and UFA’s planting in public space accounts for nearly 75 percent of all trees planted in the District each year. The District tree canopy was at 36 percent in 2006 and was at 37 percent in 2011.

UFA plants during the period of tree dormancy, from late fall to spring. The locations are largely based on requests residents make to the Mayor’s 311 Citywide Call Center before June 15 of each year. Staff arborists inspect each proposed location to determine viability and the best species for planting.

 

“We continue to make strides with our tree-planting initiatives, and look to the community to partner with us to help maintain the investments we are making,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.

 

The proposed locations and the specific species of trees to be planted can be viewed on DDOT’s Tree Planting Map. The planting schedule for specific neighborhoods will also be posted on the DDOT website this week at ddot.dc.gov/trees. Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to equipment, weather, emergencies, and other extenuating circumstances.

 

The Mayor also reminded community members that they can help expand the District’s tree canopy by partnering with UFA to tend to the new trees. Residents are already responsible for maintaining property to the curb. Those who go a step further and sign a Canopy Keeper partnership agreement to water, mulch, and monitor the health of specific trees in the first two years after planting will receive free watering bags and instructions from UFA. The Canopy Keeper adoption form can be found at http://ddot.dc.gov/trees or by calling 202-671-5133.

 

Residents may request a tree for an existing, empty tree box or continuous planting strip (grass strip) in front of their residence or trees for an entire block by calling 311. All planting requests must be submitted before June 15, 2014 to be processed for the 2014 fall/winter planting season.

DDOT moveDC: Final Public Workshops to Reveal Draft Plans

DDOT to Share Draft Transportation Plan During Final Public Workshops

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host its third and final public workshops to discuss moveDC, DDOT’s initiative to develop a strategic, multimodal long range transportation plan for the District. You are encouraged to attend a workshop to review the draft plan and help prioritize the transportation options. We appreciate your participation and encourage you to mark your calendars and remain involved. During the workshops you will have the opportunity to:

  • ·Share your ideas and observations on future plans for transportation
  • ·Learn how three approaches to a future DC transportation system perform
  • ·Review the results of our survey research
  • ·Provide input into the draft transportation plan
  • ·Learn more about the moveDC local bus study

Mark Your Calendar to Attend

As DDOT approaches the final phase of the moveDC long range transportation plan study, we hope you will participate by completing our online survey and by joining us at one of the following workshops. The Union Station and DCUSA workshops will provide the same information as the other workshops, with information boards and available throughout the day. There will not be a formal presentation, but project team members will be present to discuss the plan and answer questions. We invite you to stop in at any point during the day and stay as long as you like.

 

Date/Time

Location

Monday, October 217:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Union Station625 First St NE
Tuesday, October 226:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation 7 p.m.

Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library3935 Benning Road, NE
Saturday, October 261:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. DCUSA Retail Center(2nd Floor, between Target and Best Buy)

3100 14th St. NW

Wednesday, October 306:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Presentation 7 p.m.

Petworth Neighborhood Library4200 Kansas Ave., NW

Web Meeting Dates

Thursday, October 2412 noon – 1:00 p.m. Register Now:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6834583323707779841
Monday, October 287:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Register Now:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8651386650631004673

Be sure to check out www.goDCgo.com to learn about transportation options for getting to the workshops.

 

Do You Need Assistance to Participate?

For those who need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Jordyne Blaise, Office of Civil Rights, 202-671-5117 or Jordyne.Blaise@dc.gov 72 hours in advance of a meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

Stay Connected Online

Website: www.wemoveDC.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wemovedc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemovedc

DDOT: Invites Public to Participate in PARK(ing) Day

Annual Event Encourages Alternative Use of Parking Spaces For a Day To Highlight Sustainability Initiatives

(Washington D.C.) For the first time, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will participate in the annual PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20, 2013, to highlight the District’s sustainability efforts and kick off car-free day activities in the region. Started in 2005 in San Francisco, the event has spread to cities around the world, as residents and businesses create temporary park spaces in parking spaces.

 

PARK(ing) Day will be open to anyone seeking to sponsor a six-hour temporary park. The parks will be limited to metered parking locations without time-of-day restrictions, and should be located in the middle of blocks for safety reasons. DDOT has developed a simple application form to be able to track and review potential locations. Event applications are due by Wednesday, September 11. Participants will be responsible for all costs associated with the temporary parks and will be responsible for cleaning up the spaces after the event.

 

“This is a way for us to celebrate our sustainability efforts and encourage the creativity of District residents, businesses, and visitors,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “We think this is a great idea to bring to the District to make sure people are engaged in our transportation system.”

 

PARK(ing) Day will help kick-off the region’s Car Free Day activities (http://www.carfreemetrodc.com/) which encourages the region’s residents to give up their car for a day and utilize other modes of transportation.

 

For more information about participating in the District’s PARK(ing) Day and/or to request an application please contact Stephen Hurst at 202-671-4580 or stephen.hurst@dc.gov.

DDOT: South Capitol Street Corridor Project Informational Update Meeting Scheduled Tonight!

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday night, July 30 to update the public about the design, phasing and schedule of the largest project in its history – the South Capitol Street Corridor Project – which includes replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and transforming the city’s southernmost entrance into a grand urban boulevard.

To manage the $908 million cost and minimize construction impacts, DDOT divided the project into five segments to be constructed in two phases. In June 2013, the agency issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to contractors for design-build construction of Phase 1, which is estimated to cost a total of $600 million and includes:

  • Segment 1:  Replacing the Douglass Bridge and constructing traffic ovals on either end and
  • Segment 2:  Reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/Interstate-295 Interchange.

 

Phase 2, anticipated to cost an additional total of $300 million and be advanced in future years, includes:

  • Segment 3: Constructing a new Suitland Parkway/Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE Interchange,
  • Segment 4: Reconstructing South Capitol Street into a grand urban boulevard south of Independence Avenue SE/SW with a new at-grade intersection at M Street SE, and
  • Segment 5: Improving the New Jersey Avenue SE streetscape.

 

What:                   South Capitol Street Corridor Project Information Update Meeting

 

When:                  Tuesday, July 30, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Where:                Capitol Skyline Hotel

10 “I” Street, SW

 

Metro:                 Green Line (Navy Yard-Ballpark)

 

The South Capitol Street Corridor is one in a series of transportation, environmental, economic, community and recreation projects included in the District’s larger Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI). From the Tidal Basin to the city’s northeast border with Maryland, the 30-year, $10 billion AWI is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. For more information about the project and to follow its progress, please visit www.anacostiawaterfront.org/SouthCapitolStreetCorridor.

 

To join the project’s community contact list or ask questions, please email ddot.awi@dc.gov or call 202-741-8528. To view the RFQ, please visit http://ddot.dc.gov/procurement. All technical questions or requests for clarification regarding the RFQ must be submitted to the attention of SCS Technical Questions at: DDOT-SCSTQ@DC.GOV.

DDOT: Information and Networking Event About HNTB-Related Projects

The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Office of Civil Rights is hosting an information and networking session about DDOT-related projects that involve HNTB. This session will provide information on HTNB projects, how to successfully secure subcontracting opportunities with HNTB, and HNTB’s associated points of contact. This event will be facilitated by Dr. Audrey Andrews, HNTB’s Director of Business Diversity and Development.

What: Doing Business with DDOT — HNTB Information and Networking Session

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: DDOT Headquarters (55 M Street SE Suite 439 A/B)

Advanced registration is required by Monday, July 15, 2013 via http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6forsuhab&oeidk=a07e7q2n37c01b7c9cc.

DDOT: Requests Input on Improving Pedestrian Access

***Public Meeting Notice***

DDOT Requests Input on Improving Pedestrian Access

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is seeking comments about improving pedestrian access in the District. DDOT is holding two public meetings to gain public input to help the agency develop a long-term plan to remove existing accessibility barriers for all pedestrians who utilize sidewalks in the District.

Accessibility Meetings

WHEN

WHERE

Thursday, June 27, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Martin Luther King Junior Library

Room A-5

901 G Street NW

Thursday, June 27, 2013

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Washington AME Church

1518 M Street NW

(Accessible entrance on east side of church.)

Input can also be provided by completing an online survey, which can be found at

http://survey.dac-corp.com/survey.aspx/DDOT. (If you would like assistance with completion of this survey please call DDOT’s Customer Service Clearinghouse at 202-673-6813 or the TTY number at 202-673-6813.)

Comments can also be sent to Wolde Makonnen by email (Wolde.Makonnen@dc.gov), phone (202-671-4684), fax (202-671-4684), or hard mail at 55 M Street SE – 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003. Comments are due by Thursday, August 1, 2013.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.”

If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Brett Rouillier at brett.rouillier@dc.gov or 202-671-0533 at least 72 business hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.