Transportation and Public Infrastructure


ANC 2B’s Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW. The full 2019-2020 schedule is available here.

Commissioner Randy Downs serves as the Chair of the Committee.
ANC 2B06 Resident Matt Johnson services as the Vice Chair of the Committee.


Committee Overview

Adopted by ANC 2B on March 12, 2014

Policy Issue: Safe and effective transportation of all modes is a significant priority for local government and for the residents and businesses of Dupont Circle. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), in coordination with other agencies, maintains the transportation system while protecting and improving the use of public space in the District. The Dupont Circle ANC lacks a structured method to address transportation, traffic and public space issues.

Committee Purpose Statement: The Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee will 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.

Role of the Committee: The committee will serve as a forum for discussing matters related to the following and will make recommendations to the ANC:

  • Parking in the neighborhood, including valet applications, loading zones, the enhanced residential parking program and visitor parking
  • Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety
  • Beautification, repair and streetscapes
  • Public transit
  • Public parks
  • Matters before the DC Council related to transportation and public space

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). Commissioners may seek guidance from the committee on public space applications in their Single Member Districts. The committee will facilitate training for commissioners and others on transportation issues and host meetings to gather public input. The committee will also develop guidance for consideration of public space issues for review by the ANC.

Committee Membership: The committee will be chaired by an ANC 2B Commissioner and should have broad representation from the resident and business community of Dupont Circle.

Latest News for TPI Committee

October 23rd TPI Committee Meeting Agenda

ANC 2B will hold its next Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.

The agenda includes:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above agenda items, please reach out to your single member district commissioner and TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs.

TPI Meeting Norms / All meeting participants will:

  • Be kind, courteous, and respectful
  • Work together
  • Speak one at a time and be concise 
  • Explain unfamiliar terminology
  • Keep to the agenda

Chair of the TPI Committee

  • Randy Downs – Commissioner 2B05

Vice-Chair of the TPI Committee

  • Matt Johnson – Resident of SMD 2B06

Summary of ANC 2B’s September 25th, 2019 Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting

Summary of Dupont Circle ANC 2B
Transportation & Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting
Sept. 25, 2019, 7 p.m., Dupont Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW

Discussion Regarding Improvements to H and I Streets NW Permanent Dedicated Bus Lanes— DDOT Notice of Intent #19-004-TDD: http://bit.ly/2BHIBusPriority 

TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs reported that the DC Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) is planning to make the pilot study of dedicated bus lanes on H and I Streets NW permanent, effective November 12, 2019. DDOT has been conducting a pilot study of the dedicated H and I Street NW bus lanes that officially ended on Sept. 2, 2019. The I Street dedicated bus lane starts at 13th Street NW and ends at Pennsylvania Avenue NW; the H Street dedicated bus lane stretches from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 14th Street NW. 

  • Effective Nov. 12, 2019, DDOT intends to extend the effective hours of the bus lanes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday to reduce confusion about when the red-painted bus lanes are in effect. During those periods, parking will not be permitted.
  • To meet the critical loading and freight needs of businesses that will be impacted by the bus lanes, DDOT also intends to create loading zones on the opposite side of the street of the bus lanes (south curb of I Street and north curb of H Street).

DDOT is soliciting written comments on its intent to implement these plans (comments due November 4, 2019).

TPI Committee discussion:

  • Committee members unanimously applauded DDOT’s decision to make the dedicated bus lanes and loading zones on H and I Streets NW permanent, regarding the core elements of the plan as a major step towards facilitating improvements in mass transit.
  • Committee members suggested that DDOT consider improvements to the signage and marking used for the bus lanes to make them more easily understandable.
  • Committee members suggested that DDOT undertake a public education campaign regarding interpreting whatever signage it eventually adopts.
  • Committee members suggested that DDOT continue to monitor the corridor with an eye to creating additional loading zones as warranted.

It was agreed that the TPI Committee would prepare a resolution for the ANC’s consideration that regarding DDOT’s plans to make the dedicated bus lanes on H and I Streets NW permanent.

Past action by ANC 2B on the matter: H Street and I Street NW Summer 2019 Bus Lanes Pilot Project (DDOT)

Discussion Regarding WMATA’s Proposed Changes to Metrobus Route 42, 43, L1, and L2 http://bit.ly/Metrobus4243L1L2Changes 

The TPI Committee discussed changes proposed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to Metrobus routes 42, 43, L1, and L2. This discussion was based on an 18-page document that TPI Chair Downs handed out at the meeting: namely, an October 2019 WMATA document entitled “Metrobus Service Evaluation Study: Mount Pleasant Line: 41, 43; Connecticut Avenue Line: L1, L2: Technical Memorandum #3, Service Plan Recommendations” (https://www.wmata.com/service/bus/upload/Final-Service-Recommendations.pdf).

  • Routes 42, 43—Mt. Pleasant Line. For Metrobus routes 42, 43, WMATA is proposing to convert some route 42 trips to route 43 trips (43s go under Dupont Circle, thus bypassing the Dupont Circle Metrorail station). During most off-peak periods, WMATA would operate every other trip as a route 43 and would extend some route 43 trips to Gallery Place.  WMATA has is also proposing to eliminate the last late-night roundtrip bus on route 42.
    • Committee members discussed WMATA’s recommendations regarding changes to Metrobus routes 42, 43 at great length. They questioned whether the proposed changes would result in service improvements for bus riders over the current schedule, in particular, residents who rely exclusively on the bus to get to work, seniors, people with disabilities, and riders traveling with infants and small children.  Committee members noted that converting Metrobus route 42 trips to route 43 trips between Gallery Place/Metro Center and Mt. Pleasant during non-rush-hour periods would mean fewer route 42 buses stopping at the Dupont Circle Metrorail station. Dupont Circle is the hub for transfers not only to the Metro but also to multiple other bus routes (D2; D6, N2, N4, G2, L1, L2). Whatever savings in transit time between Gallery Place and Mt. Pleasant that might be achieved by routing buses under Dupont Circle would be offset for route 42 riders by the reduced number of buses, entailing as much as 30-minute waits for those boarding the bus between S and N Streets, N.W. The elimination of the last late-night roundtrip bus on route 42 was seen as a reduction in bus service for DC residents who rely on it. Committee members were generally of the view that several of WMATA’s proposals seemed to be reducing service and convenience on a heavily used line rather than encouraging the use of public transit.
  • Routes L1 and L2—Connecticut Avenue Line.  For Metrobus routes L1, L2, WMATA recommended five service changes, including bus stop consolidation and discontinuing route L1 in the Potomac Park area.  
  • Committee members expressed concerns that WMATA’s proposed changes Metrobus routes L1, L2 would reduce service on this line, as well.  Several expressed the view that Connecticut Avenue NW is already underserved and inconsistently served by Metrobuses.  Committee members recommended that WMATA extend bus service on these routes, including restoring the Kennedy Center terminus for the Metrobus route L2.

It was agreed that the TPI Committee would prepare a resolution for the ANC’s consideration that incorporated the key points made by committee members regarding WMATA’s proposed Metrobus routes 42, 43, L1, and L2.

A public hearing to discuss proposed changes to Metrobus routes will be held by WMATA on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at the Metro Headquarters Building beginning at 4:30 p.m. (https://wmata.com/service/bus/upload/B19-03-SOGO-2019-Notice_English-FINAL-1.PDF).

Residents can submit written comments to WMATA at https://www.wmata.com/service/bus/learn-more-about-mt-pleasant-connecticut-ave-lines.cfm

Past actions by ANC 2B on these matters:

Proposed Changes to Metrobus Routes L1 and L2 (WMATA) (DDOT)

Proposed Changes to Metrobus Routes 42 and 43 (WMATA) (DDOT)

DDOT’s Final Report for the 20th/21st/22nd Street NW Protected Bike Lanes 

DDOT Final Report for the 20th/21st/22nd Street NW Protected Bike Lanes Project

TPI Committee Chair Downs reported that after reviewing all of the public comments received and the ANC 2A and 2B resolutions, as well as the safety and operational considerations of the three alternatives, DDOT has selected a recommended hybrid alternative for the protected bike lanes. In ANC 2A (Foggy Bottom), the north-south protected bike lane will be built on 21st St., NW.  In ANC 2B (Dupont Circle), DDOT ratified ANC 2B’s request for putting the protected bike lane on 20th St. NW.

Other Items Raised by Committee Members

Dupont Circle Sunday Farmers’ Market: Some Committee members raised various concerns related to the operation of the farmers’ market (e.g., overcrowding, dogs in the market where food is sold, booths on sidewalks between Q St. NW and Massachusetts Ave., NW). Members agreed to meet informally with market personnel to discuss these matters.

Bike and Scooter “Micromobility” Corral at 20th and Q Streets NW. DDOT has been installing on-street micromobility corrals to provide a parking area for e-scooters, bikes, mopeds, and other dockless vehicles, some of which are now being strewn on the sidewalks.  Each corral can accommodate six bicycles and six scooters. It was noted that the newly installed micromobility corral at 20th and Q Streets is sometimes not utilized, perhaps because people do not know what the corrals are for. A suggestion was made to improve the signage.

16th Street NW Bus Lane Project Parking Restrictions.  As part of the 16th Street NW Bus Lane project to be implemented in 2020, DDOT plans to extend rush hour parking restrictions on both sides of 16th Street during peak a.m. and p.m. rush periods from Scott Circle to U Street. 

TPI Chair Downs and TPI Committee member Susan Volman reported that they have connected with DDOT to gain additional data and rationale underlying DDOT’s decision about rush hour parking restrictions.

DDOT is scheduled to complete the 100% design plans at the end of 2019 and implementation will start in 2020. Past actions by ANC on the matter: “DDOT’s 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project,” “DDOT’s 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study.”

September 25th TPI Committee Meeting Agenda

ANC 2B will hold its next Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.

The agenda includes:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above agenda items, please reach out to your single member district commissioner and TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs.

Chair of the TPI Committee

  • Randy Downs – Commissioner 2B05

Vice-Chair of the TPI Committee

  • Matt Johnson – Resident of SMD 2B06

Summary of ANC 2B’s August 28th, 2019 Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting

Summary of Dupont Circle ANC 2B
Transportation & Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee Meeting
August 28, 2019, 7 p.m., Dupont Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW

Request for Traffic Safety Assessment at 14th and Wallach

Neighborhood resident Vicki Caudullo reported that the unsignalized crosswalk at 14th Street and Wallach Place, N.W., seems dangerous.  She reached out to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) about this and was instructed to contact the ANC. The crosswalk of concern is located on the boundary between ANC 1B and ANC 2B (2B09), so ANC 2B Commissioner/TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs (2B05) and ANC 2B Commissioner Ed Hanlon (2B09) agreed to work directly with the appropriate ANC 1B commissioner (Commissioner Dan Winston) in supporting a request to DDOT for a Traffic Safety Assessment (https://ddot.dc.gov/service/traffic-safety-assessment ).

Discussion of Locations for On-Street “Micromobility Corrals” for E-Scooters, Bikes, and Other Dockless Vehicles in ANC2B

TPI Committee Chair Downs reported that DDOT is building out on-street micromobility corrals throughout Dupont and the District. For background, in December 2018 as part of the rulemaking for dockless vehicle regulations, ANC 2B requested that DDOT establish these “micromobility corrals” to help mitigate the impact of parked dockless vehicles. These designated on-streets corrals are intended to provide a well-ordered parking area for e-scooters, bikes, mopeds, and other dockless vehicles which does not impact sidewalk space, reducing clutter and pedestrian inconvenience. These new corral locations will include the installation of bike racks and decals to direct bike and scooter parking in the curbside lane in the form of a “micromobility corral.” Each corral will be able to accommodate six bicycles and six scooters.  A micromobility corral at 20th and Q Streets, NW, is now operational. TPI Chair Downs requested that suggestions for additional sites in ANC 2B be sent to him.

Presentation on the Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2019

The TPI Committee heard a presentation from ANC 2B resident Allen Greenberg, a volunteer with the Coalition for Smarter Growth, regarding the Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2019.  The legislation would require employers who offer parking benefits to offer comparable benefits to people who decline the parking benefit. The legislation is under consideration by the DC Council:  http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B23-0148.

Update on Ongoing Transportation-Related Projects

TPI Committee Chair Downs updated the committee on proposed and ongoing ANC 2B transportation and public infrastructure projects:

  • Safety Assessment of the Dupont Circle Traffic Circle: ANC 2B voted to support a resolution asking DDOT to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment of the Dupont Circle traffic circle and associated intersections at its meeting on August 14, 2019.  Once finalized, a resolution letter for DDOT that will appear on the ANC’s website:  http://www.dupontcircleanc.net/wordpress/ documents/resolutions-letters/
  • The H and I Streets Bus Lanes Pilot Project: This DDOT pilot project, intended to expedite the movement of buses on H and I Streets, N.W., roughly between Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, N.W., is currently underway.  More information about this is available here: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/h-i-streets-nw-bus-lane-pilot. Past action by ANC 2B on the matter: “The District Department of Transportation’s Proposed H Street and I Street NW.”
  • The 16th Street Bus Lanes Project: Under the 16th Street Bus Lanes Project, first announced in 2015, DDOT has been working  to improve bus service and reliability along the 16th Street NW corridor between H Street and Arkansas Avenue, NW, with design plans that will include peak period bus lanes, ADA accessible bus stops, enhanced passenger bus stop passenger amenities (off-board fare payment kiosks, bus shelters, etc.), signage, and pedestrian improvements. More information about the project is available here: https://www.16thstreetnwbus.com.  DDOT is scheduled to complete the 100% design plans at the end of 2019 and implementation will start in 2020. One point of discussion among the committee was the plan to include both north and south peak period bus lanes and the peak hour restrictions on parking.  TPI Chair Downs reported that he has requested additional information and data supporting this plan. He also suggested DDOT hold a public meeting to bring the public up to date on the project.  Past actions by ANC on the matter, “DDOT’s 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project,” “DDOT’s 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study.”
  • Safe Routes to Schools and Parks: In June 25, 2019,  ANC2B adopted a resolution asking DDOT to support initiatives to make it possible for children to safely walk and bike to schools and playgrounds:  http://www.dupontcircleanc.net/ wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ANC-2B-RESOLUTION-Proposed-Traffic-Safety-Improvements-Within-ANC-2B-DDOT-MPD.pdf  Commissioner Downs said that parents have expressed their desire for this project and is planning to coordinate with stakeholders to move this project forward.
  • The K St. NW Transitway: The K Street Transitway is a project that will reconfigure one of the District’s major east-west corridors, K Street, NW, with vast improvements to benefit bus riders, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s goal is to efficiently accommodate multimodal travel and an exclusive transitway within the existing street right of way, as well as to incorporate streetscape and design enhancements through the heart of downtown. More information about the project is available here: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/k-street-transitway Past action by ANC 2B on the matter: “Proposed Investments in a K Street NW Transitway.”
  • 17th Street NW Safety Improvements: TPI Chair Downs reviewed the ANC’s  July 18, 2018,  resolution to DDOT requesting the consideration of dozens of pedestrian, cyclist, and curbside management changes on 17th Street NW between New Hampshire Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue NW:  http://bit.ly/2kAyMnS  He reported that DDOT has yet to provide ANC 2B with any improvement proposals.

August 28th TPI Committee Meeting Agenda

ANC 2B will hold its next Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.

The agenda includes:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above agenda items, please reach out to your single member district commissioner and TPI Committee Chair Randy Downs.

The purpose of the Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) 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 role of the TPI Committee serves as a forum for discussing matters related to the following and making recommendations to the ANC:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety
  • Beautification, repair, and streetscapes
  • Public transit
  • Public parks
  • Curbside management, including valet applications, loading zones, the enhanced residential parking program, and visitor parking
  • Matters before the DC Council related to transportation and public space

Chair of the TPI Committee

  • Randy Downs – Commissioner 2B05

Vice-Chair of TPI Committee

  • Matt Johnson – Resident of SMD 2B06