Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Speed Camera on Branch Ave

Thanks to the diligent efforts of Commissioner Hammond, speed cameras will be installed along Branch Ave SE.

Monday, August 29, 2011

September Speaker

The September Guest speaker will be Aaron Rhones and Charles Thomas from the District Department of Transportation to discuss the findings and recommendation from the "Far Southeast II Livability Study" completed earlier this year. The recommendations will include presenting solutions at 32nd St/Alabama Ave SE and 36th St/Alabama Ave SE intersections, traffic calming on Naylor Road SE and safety improvements to Branch Ave SE.

The Hillcrest Community Civic Association has been advocating for a livable, walkable community through traffic calming and reducing through traffic on neighborhood roads. Last year the District Department of Transportation embarked on the "Far Southeast Livability Study" to examine a holistic approach to improving transportation. The goals of the study were to:

  • Devise a neighborhood-wide and comprehensive approach to implementing traffic calming and other safety measures;
  • Identify specific issues, such as reducing vehicle speeds, and locations that impact the safety of pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, and transit riders
  • Design cost-effective and system-wide improvements, with measurable benchmarks for success;
  • Study truck travel within the target area and recommend ways to mitigate its impact on neighborhoods;
  • Emphasize safety measures and improve access near public facilities including: schools, churches, parks, recreational centers and others key community service providers.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meeting, please contact Veronica O. Davis, the HCCA Street, Traffic and Transportation Chair, via email or phone 301-233-0011.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How to use Capital Bikeshare!!!!

Ever wonder what those red bikes around Hillcrest? Our community is fortunate to have three Capital Bikeshare stations. Many residents are curious how to use the bike, but don't know who to ask. The Street, Traffic and Transportation Committee will be at the bikeshare locations on the following dates:

Skyland/Good Hope Marketplace (Good Hope Rd and Alabama Ave SE) - Saturday September 10th, 11am-1pm

Fairfax Village (38th St and Pennsylvania Ave SE)- Saturday September 10th, 11am-1pm

Penn-Branch (Shopping Center) - Sunday September 18th, 1-3pm

Please come out to learn about the benefits of the program and ask questions. We will be giving away FREE 24-hour coupons so residents can "test-drive" the program.

Even if you can't make it out for our events, join us at the District Department of Transportation One-Year Anniversary Celebration of the Capital Bikeshare program on September 22nd, 6-9pm at Yards Park (behind the US DOT building in the Navy Yard)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DC Circulator Meeting - Live Blog

Hey Neighbors....

6:11 pm: I'm sitting here next to Brenda Richardson from Councilmember Barry office and Daniel Conner from Councilmember Wells office.  There are 4 other community members here.

6:20 pm: DDOT presentation is starting.  About 10 community members in attendance. The presentation is here.

6:22 pm:  Limited number of buses.  There are only 6 buses available for this route, so it needs to be less than 55 minutes long.  The stops will be limited to 3 to 4 stops per mile.

6:26 pm:  DDOT is presenting the recommended expansion through 2020.  They will reevaluate and update it every 2 years.

6:30 pm: DDOT is calling the new route Skyland to Potomac Ave Metro Expansion.  It will run from  Potomac Ave Metro Station through Barracks Row.  Across the 11th Street Bridge.  Up Good Hope Marketplace.

6:31 pm: Daniel Conner from Councilmember Tommy Wells' office is stating that the expansion of Circulator East of the River is a priority to Councilmember Wells.  Brenda Richardson from Councilmember Barry's office is expressing that Councilmember Barry would like to see the route go to Congress Heights.

6:34 pm: Community member is concerned project won't go forward with CM Wells no longer as Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee.  DDOT stated that it will still go forward.  Daniel states that CM Wells is still on the committee.

6:36 pm:  Community member is concerned that the route terminates at Skyland.  DDOT is explaining rationale for route.  They needed to shorten the route and they heard comment from Ward 7.   This route would serve Wards 7 & 8.

6:39 pm: Community member states that terminating at Skyland cuts Ward 8 out.

6:41 pm:  I just asked who are we connecting to what.  DDOT made a decision to only run services that connect to other Circulator routes.

6:45 pm: Comissioner Robin Marlin is giving history of the Ward 7 Ad Hoc Circulator Taskforce.  They presented a route that connects shopping nodes in Wards 7 and 8.  She also corrected him that it's Good Hope Marketplace and not Skyland.  She reemphasizes my point of who are we moving where.  DDOT is pointing out lines in the plan to provide additional and more connections.  They are trying to get a route out of the gate that is going to move people.

6:49 pm: Mr. James Bunn just stated that community doesn't trust the city.  His probably could live with this route, but knows that if six buses become available they won't come East of the River.

6:51 pm: Community member who lives along Good Hope Road believes that the route would serve the northern part of ward 8.

6:51 pm:  Public Testimony is starting.

6:54 pm: I gave testimony....

6:56 pm:  Ms. Linda (missed last name) is concerned about 144 buses a day on the Good Hope Road is too much.  She said I (Veronica) was being too nice when I asked who are we moving where.  She believes this is an effort to re-segregate the bus system.  These routes are intended to serve a few people who don't want to use regular buses.  This bus line mimics several other bus routes.  Why can't the funding be used to improve the metro bus system?

7:02 pm: Martha Parker lives in Ward 8 and rides public transportation.  She states that she has plenty of bus options to get downtown and other locations.  The Circulator is a nice bus, but they have buses all day and all night.  It seems like a waste of money.

7:11 pm:  Discussing next steps and where we go from here.

7:03 pm: Mary Buckley supports the Circulator route.  She does wish there were less commuter buses on Good Hope Road.

7:06 pm: Gentleman is concerned with traffic on Good Hope Road.  DDOT and WMATA need to work together to provide connectivity.  He thinks the community on Alabama Ave (Hillcrest) would be better served.

7:10 pm: Chris Jerry supports a Circulator East of the River, however, he does not support the current alignment.  He thinks that it should go to Metro stations in Ward 8.  He thinks its more important that this is done properly.  The current route duplications the 92.  We shouldn't have any route that duplicates and existing WMATA route.

7:11 pm: Next steps.  The public record is open until August 9, 2011.  You can call or email. (202) 673-1736.  DDOT will take all comments into consideration. The service for East of the River will begin on October 3, 2011.  That's the plan.

7:15 pm:  DDOT will host community meeting in early Fall 2011 to discuss how the route is working.

7:16 pm: Meeting is over.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Need your feedback - DDOT Circulator

DCCirculator Presentation 08-02-2011

Tomorrow will be the second public hearing for the expansion of Circulator East of the River. I'll be working on public testimony tomorrow on behalf of the HCCA transportation committee. I was able to talk to some of you last night. Please if you get a chance between now and tomorrow morning, review the attached materials & send me ( your feedback so I can be sure I'm representing a broad spectrum of the Hillcrest community. It can be a simple as "I support" or "I don't like this alignment" with bullets points for why.

If you can attend the meeting its tomorrow,
Thursday August 4th
Anacostia Public Library
6 – 7:30 pm.

Each resident will be given two (2) minutes to testify. If you would like to speak at the hearing please provide your name and contact information to Sandy Castor at For those that can't attend DDOT is accepting comments through August 9th.