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!!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Ave Great Street Ribbon-Cutting Video

Thanks DDOT for this great video

Improvements in Hillcrest

Pedestrian Safety improvements on Naylor Road

If you haven't seen the pedestrian safety improvements on Naylor Road between Good Hope and 25th, go check them out. DDOT is doing a fantastic job. I biked down there today and cars are actually respecting the crosswalk.

Thanks to Commissioner Williams, Mr. Rufus Norris, Deborah Dillard, and community for your tenacity. HCCA will submit a thank you to DDOT on behalf of the community, but we urge everyone else to submit individual thank yous. Terry Bellamy

- Alabama Ave between Pennsylvania Ave and Naylor Road is on "the list" to receive fresh pavement markings in April.

- Storm drain on Branch Ave and Alabama Ave is on the list for cleaning and repairs. The back-up during rain events is because there is cement in the drain. I haven't received a timeline for repairs, but we have a work order

- Anne Beers Safe Routes to School is finally getting ramped up. DDOT, school administrators and I met last week to observe behavior at the end of the school day. It was emphasized to DDOT that Friends of Francis A Gregory/Library Staff and adjacent community need to be included in discussion and we want high quality improvements.

- 2000 block of Fort Davis and 3800 block of W Street are on the list for pavement repairs

- WMATA has a major effort to replace bus stop poles.  I've been biking the routes in Hillcrest to note stops that need new poles and/or bus schedules.  I'm about 2/3 complete and so far so good.  I hope to get the list to WMATA by next week.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

WMATA Seeks Public Input on FY13 Budget & Fare Increase

The Board is slated to act on the FY2013 budget in June, and any fare changes they adopt would take effect July 2012.

The operating budget of $1.6 billion includes a proposed $53 million (8%) increase in funding from the jurisdictions and $66 million in increased revenue from fares. The fare adjustments also are designed to simplify Metro’s fare structure and encourage the use of SmarTrip cards. The proposed $904 million capital budget includes projects that will advance NTSB recommendations, including signal system upgrades and replacement of Metro’s oldest railcars, the 1000-series fleet, with new 7000-series cars, as well as track and infrastructure projects and rehabilitation, and replacement of escalators and elevators across the system.

Details and directions for transit travel to the public sessions are available on Metro’s website. Open forums begin at 6 p.m., followed by the public hearings at 7 p.m. The hearings will take place as follows:

Thursday, March 1
Matthews Memorial Baptist Church – Hearing 571
John H. Kearney, Sr. Fellowship Hall
2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC

Tuesday, March 6
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church – Hearing 573
4201 Albemarle Street, NW
Washington, DC

How to register to speak at the public hearing

To establish a witness list for the public hearings, individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to be heard at the hearings are asked to provide in writing their name, address, telephone number and organization affiliation, if any, to Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Alternatively, requests to speak may befaxed to 202-962-1133 or e-mailed to Please submit only one speaker’s name per letter and reference the hearing number. Lists of individual speakers will not be accepted. Others present at the hearing may be heard after people who have registered have spoken. Please note that this information may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy (PARP). The PARP can be viewed on WMATA’s website under the link marked “Legal Affairs.” Public officials will be heard first and will be allowed five minutes each to make their presentations. All other speakers will be allowed three minutes each. Relinquishing of time by one speaker to another will not be permitted.

How to submit written comments

Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy.

Ward 7 Transportation Summit Press Hand-out

Attached is the hand-out we prepared for the Transportation Summit.

Ward7 Transportation Summit 2012_2

Saturday, February 25, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Fort Circle Trail Clean-up

(Photo of Fort Circle Trail by Erik K.)

The HCCA Environmental Committee and Street, Traffic and Transportation Committee will be hosting a clean-up of the Fort Circle Trail.

Date: March 24, 2012
Start Time: 8:00 am
Start location: Park entrance on 28th Street SE
(between Texas Ave SE and Park Drive SE)

We’ll start by cleaning up litter around the entrance on 28th Street SE, then we will clean along the trail moving towards Pennsylvania Ave SE.

More information to come.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ward 7 Transportation Summit Press Release

W7 Transpo Summit Press Release

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

UPDATE: Bus Stop 38th Street SE

The bus shelter on 38th Street and Pennsylvania Ave SE has light.  The STTC would like to thank everyone involved from DDOT, WMATA, and NPS who made this happen.  A special thanks to Ms. Paul from DDOT who is always an advocate and friend to our community.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Response to protest of Speed Camera on 1900 Block of Branch Ave SE

Wednesday February 8, 2012

The Hillcrest Community Civic Association (HCCA) is disheartened and disappointed by the protest of the speed camera on the 1900 block of Branch Ave SE held on February 8, 2012. Speeding along Branch Ave between Alabama Ave and Pennsylvania Ave SE has been a constant challenge due to the long stretch of roadway without any signalized intersections to slow or stop traffic. The speed camera on Branch Ave SE is the result of several years of advocacy by Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Phillip J. Hammond (ANC 7B04), his fellow ANC 7B Commissioners, and the Hillcrest community. HCCA stood in full support of the cameras then, and we reaffirm our support today.

The mission of HCCA is to work “to enhance the quality of life and prosperity of residents, families, community organizations and institutions located within the designated geographic boundaries.” Part of fulfilling that mission is making our roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. As a community, we have been actively working with DC Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Police Department to make our streets safe by implementing traffic calming solutions such as building speed humps, installing “Stop for Pedestrian” signs, repainting crosswalks, and increasing police enforcement of traffic laws.

We understand the speed enforcement tickets can become a financial burden for repeat violators. While some frame the financial penalty as unfair and unjust, we believe the impact of speeding motorists on our quality of life is unfair and unjust. The fair and just solution for everyone, is for motorist to obey the 25 mile per hour speed limit to avoid penalties.

HCCA stands firm in our support of the speed camera on the 1900 block of Branch Ave SE. In addition, we will continue to be vocal advocates of safety enforcement in our community.

Veronica O. Davis
Street, Traffic and Transportation Committee Chair


Friday, February 3, 2012

Ward7 Transportation Summit Part II

UPDATED: 2/3/12

In March 2011, we held the first Ward 7 Transportation Summit.  It really helped the transportation advocates in the ward focus and work together. We want to continue with our successes. In Part II of the summit, we provide an update on accomplishment since the last summit, provide a follow-up on remaining items, and discuss priorities for Fiscal Year 2013.

2nd Annual Ward 7 Transportation Summit
Saturday February 25, 2012
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Irene Height/Benning Library
Large Room
3935 Benning Road NE

Tentative Agenda
Open House/Mix& Mingle
Follow-up Q&A
Community Advocacy - How to be involved with transportation issues
Open Community Discussion
Next Steps

Social Media:
The official hashtag for the summit is #W7Moves

2011 Ward 7 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour Report 
Oversight and Budget Hearing Calendar (Check often as it is subject to change) 

Stay tuned for more information

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Request for Information - Transportation

2 requests for input by Feb 10th

1. Questions for March Guest Speaker
DDOT Director, Terry Bellamy will be the guest speaker for the March civic association meeting.  Please email me any specific topics or questions you want him to address, so he can be prepared for answer at the meeting.

2. Transportation-related Oversight Hearings
It's that time of the year again for agency oversight w/budget hearings soon after.  The STTC plans to submit testimony for the public record for WMATA and DDOT on behalf of the civic association.  If you have any concerns, feedback, and/or suggestions for improvement for either agency, please email me by February 10th.

Last year the we submitted written testimony for DMV.

The Hearings for transportation related agencies are below (subject to change):
February 22nd - WMATA

March 2 - DDOT, Bicycle Advisory Council, Pedestrian Advisory Council

Hearing schedule attached for your information.  I also encourage you to submit your own testimony for the agency above (and other agencies too, of course).

The budget hearings are all after the Ward 7 Transportation Summit, so we have time to talk as a ward about issues we can tackle together. 

Fy11 12 Agency Performance Hearings Schedule

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Save the Date!!!!

The Street, Traffic, and Transportation Committee got a lot accomplished in 2011.  Now we look toward 2012.  We have two big events planned for the first half of the year.  More to come, but for now mark your calendars.

Ward 7 Transportation Summit Part II
February 25, 2012
11:30am - 1:30pm
Benning Library

The first transportation summit really helped the transportation advocates in Ward 7 focus and work together.  We want to continue with our successes.  In Part 2 of the summit, we look back at last year's summit, pat ourselves on the back for 2011 accomplishments, and determine our priorities for 2012.

Bike Day in Fort Circle Park (more creative name to come)
April 14, 2012
Time and starting location TBD

We are working with National Park Service, local bike organizations, small bike shops to finalize the details.  We will also reach out to the other civic associations.

Want to help with any of the events, please contact Veronica at