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Project Overview

The M Street SE/SW Transportation Study identified existing and future transportation challenges and ways to address them within a roughly 1.7-square-mile area along M Street SE/SW, and the Southwest waterfront from 12th Street, SE to 14th Street, SW and from the Southwest/Southeast Freeway south to the Anacostia River/Washington Channel.

The study analyzed how to integrate transit, bicycling and walking with motor vehicle traffic in order to best serve neighborhoods in this burgeoning section of the city. In addition, the study sought ways to most safely and effectively balance the travel needs of residents with those of visitors and workers who will be drawn to new retail and mixed use development planned for the area. Movement of goods, parking and transportation facilities that give people access to all the new amenities coming to the M Street corridor also were considered.

Key Project Elements

Among the factors evaluated were existing and forecasted transportation conditions, planned land uses and possible transportation enhancements to:

  • improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists;

  • increase mobility;

  • provide better local connections to the regional transportation network; and

  • support planned development.

Creating a Successful Transportation System

The District Department of Transportation’s mission is to develop and maintain a cohesive, sustainable transportation system that delivers safe, affordable, and convenient ways to move people and goods—while protecting and enhancing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the District.

Key to achieving this mission within the study area was designing streets to:

  • provide a balance in physical space and time for all modes; and

  • complement and support diverse adjacent land uses and edge conditions.

Project Contact:

Colleen Hawkinson, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
District Department of Transportation

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