ANC 2B’s regular Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting, previously scheduled for this evening, has been postponed to Thursday, October 5th, 2017 due to meeting space and scheduling conflicts. The ANC will be sending out additional information regarding the meeting time, location, and agenda closer to the meeting date.
ANC 2B will be holding its July Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting this Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW. The meeting will be held in the order of the agenda below:
- Welcome (5 mins)
- Discussion of projects to include in resolution regarding DDOT improvement projects in ANC 2B (40 mins)
- Discussion of resolution to support conversion of LED lighting in club central district of ANC 2B (15 mins)
- Discussion of Dupont Circle ANC Parking Study (15 mins)
(This post is co-located at my ANC2B09 blog)
On April 23rd, the Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee met for the first time. Created in March by ANC2B, the committee helps to coordinate many of the ongoing transportation, traffic, and infrastructure projects in our neighborhood and helps make real improvements to our community.
The committee membership is fantastic and includes five commissioners and five residents, all passionate about transportation and our neighborhood infrastructure.
At our first meeting, we set short- and long-term goals for the year that we believe are achievable and will have a significant positive impact in our neighborhood.
Detailed minutes, which include timeframes for the above goals, can be downloaded here: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes 4-23-14
The committee is also a forum and a resource for anyone in the neighborhood. We encourage you to bring issues to our monthly meetings or to contact us directly. You can contact the committee by emailing TPI@dupontcircleanc.net or contact me, the committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Cross-posted at www.willstephensanc.com]
The Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) met in April 2014 for committee-level discussions. (The PAC trades off every other month between full PAC meetings and committee meetings. For a report on my first full PAC meeting as Ward 2 representative in March 2014, find a prior blog post here.)
This was my first committee meeting, and I joined the “Walking Environment Committee.” Our special guest was Earl Eutsler (email@example.com) from DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA), to talk about the interplay between the walking environment, the tree canopy in DC, and UFA’s management of street and island trees.
The most useful and interesting discussion points were as follows:
- Getting Repairs Done: Earl advised that using the 3-1-1 system is the best way to get repairs into the queue for action by UFA. Other DDOT staff confirmed that UFA in particular makes good use of the 3-1-1 system.
- Tree canopy: UFA manages about 10% of the total DC tree canopy, with National Parks, other Federal agencies, the Department of Parks & Recreation, and private space accounting for the remainder. The District has a goal to reach 40% tree canopy coverage within the next 10-15 years. Earl noted that all pavement, including sidewalks and streets, last longer with greater tree canopy coverage, because of the shade provided.
- Flexi-pave: DDOT is now using a special porous material for paving around street trees called Flexi-pave. This is meant to replace and improve upon the “rubber sidewalk” squares that they previously installed in places like 17th Street, which buckles after only a couple of years. If there are places with rubber sidewalk buckling, residents should note this in the 3-1-1 system as a “tree inspection request,” and these areas will be prioritized for Flexi-pave installation (if they are not already in the system).
- Mapping: UFA has comprehensive, interactive maps of street trees, including planned replacement and planting spots, on the agency website.
- UFA Representatives: The UFA representatives for our area are “Team 2” and include Carlson Klapthor (firstname.lastname@example.org, mostly north of the Circle) and Simoun Banua (email@example.com, mostly south of the Circle).
At the ANC2B monthly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, March 12), Vice Chair Noah Smith (2B09) will introduce a proposal for a new ANC2B Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Infrastructure. The purpose of this committee is to promote a safe and effective transportation system for the residents and visitors of Dupont Circle and improve the use of public space in our neighborhood. The committee will serve as a resource for commissioners and as a point of contact for DDOT, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) and the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA).