Tons of people use DC's 16th Street corridor to commute to jobs downtown. During the morning rush hour, Metrobus carries 50% of all of the people traveling on 16th Street NW toward downtown DC! But the 16th Street bus is often stuck in traffic, which leads to unreliability and overcrowding and seriously harms what should be one of the best bus routes in the city.
Fortunately there's a way to address this. Bus-only lanes on 16th Street at peak times would mean shorter commutes for riders and big savings for the city. Tell Mayor Gray and Council chairman Cheh that we want these dedicated lanes!
Alexandria’s King Street Traffic Calming Project with Bike Lanes will provide safety for all and much-needed access to transit. We seek signatures on the petition below and speakers for a City Council hearing on this project at 9:30 am on March 15th.
This project will narrow motor vehicle lanes and add bike lanes for traffic calming and safety for all. A combination of bike lanes, sharrows and a bike box will provide a safe bicycle route between the King Street Metro and Janneys Lane, filling in a missing link in the City’s bicycle network. This design will attract more bicycling, slow automobile traffic, provide separation (the bike lanes) between motorized traffic and pedestrians, and eliminate conflicts arising from cyclists riding on the sidewalks. For more details, including a list of links to presentations and other documentation, visit the City of Alexandria website.
With your help we've been able to stop a number of bad anti-transit and pro-sprawl bills in Richmond this year.
Now, as the legislative season comes to a close, we're focusing on funding for key transit studies. The Senate (but not the House) passed budget language to fund major transit studies in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. The budget is now being reviewed by a conference committee and these projects need our support:
- $4 million to fund a second phase of the Route 1 Transit Study in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. High capacity transit is key to the smart growth revitalization of the Route 1 corridor.
- $7.7 million to fund studies to extend the Norfolk Tide light rail to Naval Station Norfolk and to bring light rail or BRT transit to Hampton and Newport News. The Tide has been a huge success, and connecting it to the world's largest Naval base makes sense; as does transit that will revitalize Hampton and Newport News.
Your involvement makes a difference. Please take one more quick action and support funding for key transit studies! >>
We've seen the benefits of investing in smart growth and reliable transit in Virginia. That's because our metropolitan regions would truly choke on traffic and air pollution if we didn't provide real alternatives to driving for every trip.
But the highway lobby is pushing Richmond to take us backward with bills that are anti-transit, pro-sprawl, and anti-local control. Bills before the General Assembly would cut spending on transit, reduce and even eliminate the role of local officials in selecting transportation priorities, and force through controversial highway projects in Northern Virginia.
We've gotten updates on the bills since last week. Take a moment now to tell your Virginia state senators and delegates not to support bad transportation bills during the legislative session. If you've already sent a letter last week, please don't hesitate to send the new letter this week!
If we want to have a direct impact fighting climate change, build a more sustainable and inclusive society, AND fight traffic, our local transportation choices are a critical place to start.
That’s why we need you to tell the Montgomery County Council to make the right choices as they prepare to finalize their official list of 2014 transportation priorities. With more money for Metro’s Red Line, funding for the Purple Line, and prioritizing BRT construction along US 29, Viers Mill Road, and Georgia Avenue, the initial proposal is off to the right start.
Every few years, Montgomery County updates its list of top transportation priorities for state funding. The process starts at the Planning Board and then moves to the County Council, where it will be discussed over the next few weeks. In the past, major road projects have made up a large part of the county list, and as a result, have increased our air pollution and generated more traffic by encouraging more spread out development.
But there are still some major problems, including very wasteful and unnecessary road building and widening projects that will cause more sprawl and take money away from improving transit.
Speak up now by sending a quick note to the Montgomery Council and County Executive that you support better transit options as the top priority for Montgomery transportation.
After 5 long years, the DC zoning update process has reached the final stages! On December 10, the DC Zoning Commission called for one last round of additional input from the public, citing concern that there were voices they hadn't heard yet across the city.
The Zoning Commission will hold four additional ward-by-ward hearings resticted to only people and organizations that have not yet testified. Now more than ever, we need your voice!
The hearings will be first come, first served - so the earlier you sign up, the higher up on the meeting agenda you'll be. You must testify at the meeting for the ward where you live.
Wards 1 & 2 Zoning Update Meeting
Thursday, February 13 - 6:00PMWednesday, February 26 - 6:00PM (postponed due to snow)
DC Housing Finance Authority Building
815 Florida Avenue, NW
The hearings will start at 6:00 pm and will continue until all the witnesses are heard.
Use the form letter below to speak at the Wards 1 & 2 meeting - spots will go fast. Live outside of wards 1 & 2? Find the meeting for your ward.
If you're speaking on behalf of an organization, please be sure to add your organization to the form letter.
The Montgomery County Council has voted 9-0 in favor of an 82 mile Rapid Transit System, the majority of which would run in dedicated lanes! Can you take a minute to send a note of thanks to the County Council for their courageous vote in favor of a sustainable transportation future?
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Coalition for Smarter Growth is thankful for the smart growth momentum in DC, but also worried that the soaring price of DC housing will leave too many residents out in the cold and reduce the future diversity and vibrancy of our neighborhoods.
That’s why we support DC’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) program. It’s an important tool for building more affordable housing in a smart way that maximizes both long term affordability and mixed-income neighborhoods. Mayor Gray has always been a champion for the policy, but he needs to hear from us to know he should continue to strengthen it.
The city will be taking stock of IZ as a policy in the next few months, and we want to send a strong message of support. Send Mayor Gray an email today to tell him to keep and strengthen this important tool for creating long-term affordable homes.
The County Council's transportation committee will decide the future of Rapid Transit on 355 this Friday. 355 has the highest projected ridership of any line - 44,000 riders per day - making it critical to the effectiveness of the entire plan. Please write in today to call for a robust Rapid Transit plan for 355!
Write to the Montgomery County Council! Enter your information and send our template letter as is, or take a few seconds to edit and craft your own personal message.
We have our work cut out for us on next steps with the King Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements! Send an email right now to the City Council voicing your support.
Your email to City Council means a lot more if you take a few moments to personalize it. So we've kept our template letter simple, so you can add your own points!
We suggest mentioning where in Alexandria you live, whether you walk or bike regularly, and 1-2 of the talking points below:
- The proposed improvements are critical to making this stretch of King Street safer and more accessible for ALL users, but especially pedestrians.
- City staff has done the engineering analysis on the proposed changes, and found that the proposal works.
- There's been lots of public dialog on this issue. The city's public outreach process led to the current proposal, which retains 10 parking spaces, and downgrades some stretches of the proposed bike lanes to sharrows.
- There is no reason to delay these improvements further. The city has already considered all viable options for meeting the project's safety improvement objectives.
- As an Alexandria resident, my voice matters, and I want to see improved pedestrian and bicycle safety along this stretch of King Street.
Montgomery County is pushing forward a costly and destructive highway project called M83 (the Midcounty Highway Extended). In a time of scarce resources and rising environmental challenges like climate change, we can’t afford to make the wrong investments for our future. Now is the time to invest in transit, not new highway capacity.
There is an important public hearing on August 7 to grant an environmental permit for this major sprawl highway. Please stand with our allies at TAME Coalition (Transit Alternatives to the Midcounty Highway Extended) to stop this destructive project:
Please modify the letter below to send your comments in to the Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland Department of the Environment, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, the County Executive, Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County Planning Board, and the EPA.
Done right, the planned redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant will create the city’s largest new park and foster a vibrant, walkable neighborhood. The planned transformation will sensibly complement the surrounding neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and Stronghold and bring the isolated Washington Hospital Center campus back into the city’s fabric.
While the extensive planning process has built broad community support, the future of the former sand filtration site is still contested.
Some who are opposing the transformation of this long off-limits city-owned parcel have mischaracterized the plans and are urging the D.C. government to halt progress despite the many proposed public benefits.
We need you to step up and show that many fair-minded D.C. residents believe moving McMillan forward in a responsible way is the right thing to do. It will add greater vibrancy to our community, contributing a grand new park (over 6 acres), restoration of historic buildings and landscaping, along with a compatible mix of housing, offices, and retail. It will also create much-needed affordable homes, though the number has diminished as the proposed park has expanded in size.
Please send an email to the office of the D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, expressing your support for a new McMillan right now!
The D.C. Zoning code shapes the form of our city and influences how walkable, inclusive and transit-oriented it is. Yet the code hasn’t been comprehensively updated since 1958! Priorities have changed a lot since 1958 – and that’s why it’s so important to get involved in this effort to create the framework to help us ensure the gains we’ve made in recent years continue far into the future.
Do you agree? Join with us and sign the petition below:
The "zombie road" is back with a vengeance! Once again, lobbyists are pushing for an unneeded and wasteful Outer Beltway, seeking to divert scarce tax dollars from the needs of existing commuter roads that are choked with traffic. The Outer Beltway would do nothing to solve our current traffic problems, but instead would open new land to sprawling development, adding yet more traffic to existing commuter routes.
The Wall Street Journal reported on this oft-overlooked fact in their recent article, "More Roads, More Traffic."
Moreover, the Outer Beltway would run through historic land on the western boundary of Manassas National Battlefield, destroying this hallowed landscape, even as our nation honors the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
Please sign our petition calling on Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to protect Manassas Battlefield and stop this unneeded and fiscally irresponsible highway.