Monday, October 15, 2012

HCCA Letter to DDOT: Pennsylvania-Minnesota Ave SE Project

Austina Casey, Project Manager
District Department of Transportation
55 M Street SE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20003

Monday October 8, 2012

Ms. Casey:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the Pennsylvania and Minnesota (Penn-Minn) Avenues intersection project. The Hillcrest Community Civic Association believes Pennsylvania Ave SE is not only a “Great Street”, but it is America’s Main Street.

We fully support DDOT and NPS goals to: (1) enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians, (2) create a consolidated, usable park space for pedestrians and visitors, and (3) function as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. We would also like to ensure the following is included in the goals: (1) improve accessibility and mobility for our disabled population, (2) enhance safety for bicyclists, (3) enhance the intersection’s function as a major public transportation (bus) hub, (4) create an aesthetically pleasing gateway into Ward 7, and (5) alleviate traffic on local streets that connect both avenues.

We are not aware of any cultural or environmental resources within the project limits of the Penn-Minn intersection. We would like more information on the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed alternatives before we provide comment.

While this is the early stage of the environmental assessment process, we invite you to present at our monthly HCCA meeting, so our community can fully understand the project and provide comment on the proposed alternatives.

We look forward to continuing the dialog and being part of the process to complete the transformation of Pennsylvania Ave SE.

Karen Williams, President

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Request for Comments: Pennsylvania Ave and Minnesota Ave SE intersection

DDOT is in the preliminary stages of an Environmental Assessment of the Pennsylvania Ave and Minnesota Ave SE intersection.  The Hillcrest Community Civic Association has been request to provide comment.

Specifically DDOT is looking for comments on the conceptual designs, and any input on cultural and environmental resources in the project area.  Please provide feedback to the Transportation Chair ( by September 21, 2012 via the comment form below.  We will compile all comments and present a letter to the HCCA membership at the October Meeting.

HCCA Comments PennMinnAves

Although we will be submitting a letter on behalf of the civic Associtation, You are also encouraged to submit comments directly to DDOT, by October 15, 2012

Penn/Minn Avenues Improvement Project
ATTN: Austina Casey, Project Manager
District Department of Transportation, IPMA/PDED
55 M Street SE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20003


Related Documents:

Penn Minn Scoping Project Brochure Handout

Great Streets Framework Plan: Pennsylvania Ave SE

Great Streets Framework Plan: Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Better Bus Service

The Ward 7 transportation advocates have been vocal over the last 2 years to get better bus service in Ward 7.  The Hillcrest Community Civic Association submitted testimony in April 2011 requesting WMATA to improve the 36, 39, M6, and W4. We are very happy to announce that effective June 17, 2012, WMATA will be making improvements to the 39, M6 and W4!!!! The changes for bus lines that service Hillcrest are below:

39 Pennsylvania Avenue MetroExtra
Additional trips will run every 15 minutes and the span of service will increase from two hours to three hours in the morning and evening rush hours. New scheduled travel times will reflect the current traffic conditions for improved on-time performance. 
M6 Fairfax Village
Recovery time between trips will increase to improve reliability and on-time performance.  
W4 Deanwood – Alabama Avenue
To reduce crowding, the time between buses during weekday middays will be reduced from 33 to 26 minutes. 

Although this blog is specific to Hillcrest, below are changes to other routes in Ward 7.
V7, V8, V9 Minnesota Avenue – M Street
Weekday and Saturday scheduled travel times will be adjusted to reflect current traffic conditions and improve on-time performance. Buses will run every 30 minutes on Saturdays and coordinate with U2 trips on Minnesota Avenue. 

Thank you WMATA!!!