Mount Vernon Square District Project feedback due Jan 22nd

Late last year the Office of Planning had two rounds of public open houses for the Mount Vernon Square District Project. The project is designed to generate implementation‐driven solutions for specific transportation, public realm and real estate challenges and opportunities in the blocks, streets, and reservations surrounding Mount Vernon Square.

The October public open house gathered reems of feedback from community attendees. The second open house that followed December unveiled four transportation alternatives for public consideration and have been nicely summarized at Greater Greater Washington. The planning office is now requesting community feedback on the transportation alternatives be submitted by January 22nd. To submit your feedback fill out this form, that allows for both rank ordering of alternatives and feedback on specific components, and send it via email to

MVSD Transportation Alternative 3; Click to Enlarge

Transportation Alternative 3 (shown above) seems the early favorite among responses I’ve seen on listservs from MVSNA board members and area residents such as Thinkprogress blogger Matt Yglesias. I prefer this option as well as I believe the pedestrian improvements are the most favorable and the one way traffic circulation around the square will be the best for the eventual arrival of the K Street Streetcar line. I find Alternative 2 to be the worst as having both 15ft wide bus lanes placed on 7th Street feels like too much – better in my mind to place one on 7th and one on 9th.

What is your favored alternative and what would you change about any of these alternatives to make them better?

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    Tom says

    This comment form requires you to print out the form, circle what you prefer, and scan the document back into an electronic document before emailing to Ziemann. That will dampen response. The planning office should have employed a Google spreadsheet as they did with the Downtown Parks survey.

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    FourthandEye says

    If you haven’t clicked through to the Greater Greater Washington summarization of the various alternatives below is the high level synopsis:

    Alternative 1: moves the bus-only lane on 7th street to the curb (eliminating the parking lane), and adds a two-way cycle-track to 9th street. (Diagram)

    Alternative 2: widens the square on all sides (pushing the sidewalks out 12-24 feet) and encourages westbound traffic on New York Ave to take L Street to avoid the square. It turns 9th Street two-way, adds curbside bus only lanes (north and southbound) to 7th Street, and adds a two-way cycle track to 9th Street. (Diagram)

    Alternative 3: makes traffic one-way around the square (similar to Stanton Park or Lincoln Park on the Hill), widens the square, and adds mid-block crosswalks to the square on the 8th Street and K Street axes. 7th Street becomes one-way northbound, paired with 9th Street as one-way southbound. Traffic is discouraged from cutting through from NY to Mass by using L Street. Both 7th and 9th get two-way cycle tracks and curbside bus lanes. (Diagram)

    Alternative 4: has 7th and 9th Street both two-way, with a curbside bus lane and a bike lane between the bus and traffic, and parking lane between the bike lane and two-way traffic. The north and south sides of the square become one-way (eastbound to the south, westbound to the north). This widens the square, only adds mid-block crosswalks to the 8th Street axis, and discourages cut-through traffic on L Street. (Diagram)