H Street NE Corridor: Transportation & Streetscape Study Recommendations Report

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As part of the effort to revitalize H Street, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is spearheading a project to plan, design, and construct streetscape and public realm improvements along the Corridor. This report contains recommendations for transportation and streetscape investments to help make H Street a more vibrant place to work, live and do business, recommendations which complement the retail and economic proposals included in the Office of Plannings H Street NE Strategic Development Plan. This report also contains guidelines for public art investments along the Corridor.

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H Street NE CorridorTransportation & Streetscape StudyRecommendations Report

District of Columbia Department of Transportation2000 14th Street, NW - 6th Floor Washington, DC 20009 (202) 673-6813 prepared by:

Michael Baker Corporation

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Dear Friend of H Street NE:

As you know, H Street NE is a special place. One of the Districts first commercial corridors, in its heyday it was a vibrant and busy district where local residents shopped, dined, and patronized the theatre. Transportation has always been central to the H Street corridors identity; it is anchored in the west by Union Station, the regions busiest multi-modal hub, and in the east by one of the citys busiest intersections for traffic. Until the 1940s, H Street played th host to a streetcar line that connected the corridor to the rest of the city. Now, the corner of 8 and H Streets sees the most bus-to-bus transfers of any place in the entire city. Since the 1960s, H Street has struggled with its role as a transportation corridor that provides links in and out of the city, and its identity as a neighborhood-serving commercial corridor. Today, there is little buffer in the form of trees or sidewalk between pedestrians and vehicles, lighting is focused primarily on the roadway and not the sidewalk, and parking is restricted during rush hour. H Street has become a place that serves cars well, but not people. This Study is part of the citys effort to strike a new balance among the various users of H Streetshoppers, pedestrians, transit users, and drivers. It lays the groundwork for a comprehensive set of public realm investments that will showcase H Streets unique identity within the District, unify the mile and a half-long corridor, and complement the commercial, office and residential investments planned for the street. A street map is the basic element of the new design for H Street, which I believe is very fitting, given the vital role that H Street plays in the transportation and commercial fabric of the city. As a neighbor of H Street, I know both the potential of H Street and the many challenges that we will face helping it reach that potential. Among the primary challenges will be finding adequate financing for this ambitious plan, which enjoys broad community and business support. But together, we will meet these challenges. I look forward to working with you to implement the plan and make the public realm envisioned in this document a reality. Sincerely,

Dan Tangherlini Director, Department of Transportation

Table of ContentsLetter from the Director List of Acronyms..................................................................................................................iii Introduction .........................................................................................................................I-1Phasing .........................................................................................................................................................................I-1 Project Goals ...............................................................................................................................................................I-1 Report Organization....................................................................................................................................................I-2

Executive Summary ............................................................................................................ES-1 1. Public Participation........................................................................................................1-11.1 Public Participation Process ..............................................................................................................................1-3

2. Corridor Context & History...........................................................................................2-12.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................2-3 2.2 H Street NE History ..............................................................................................................................................2-3 2.3 Future Opportunities ............................................................................................................................................2-6

3. Existing Conditions and Needs Assessment Summary .............................................3-13.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................3-5 3.2 Key Findings .........................................................................................................................................................3-5 3.2.1 General .......................................................................................................................................................3-5 3.2.2 Land Use and Demographics...................................................................................................................3-5 3.2.3 Pedestrian and Bicycle Services .............................................................................................................3-5 3.2.4 Transit Services .........................................................................................................................................3-6 3.2.5 Vehicular Circulation ...............................................................................................................................3-6 3.2.6 Parking .......................................................................................................................................................3-9 3.2.7 Streetscape ................................................................................................................................................3-11

4. H Street NE Strategic Development Plan Summary ..................................................4-14.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................4-3 4.2 H Street NE Strategic Development Plan Districts..........................................................................................4-3

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1.2 Study Advisory Committee .................................................................................................................................1-4

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5. Short-Term Recommendations .....................................................................................5-15.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................5-2 5.2 Short-Term Recommendations...........................................................................................................................5-2 5.3 Agency Coordination, Implementation and Responsibilities .........................................................................5-4

7.5 Focus Areas ..........................................................................................................................................................7-11 7.5.1 Primary.......................................................................................................................................................7-13 7.5.2 Secondary ..................................................................................................................................................7-25 7.5.3 Typical ........................................................................................................................................................7-27 7.5.4 Mid-Block...................................................................................................................................................7-29

6. Long-Term Transportation Improvement Recommendations, By Mode .................6-1 8. Public Art Framework Plan...........................................................................................8-16.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................6-3 6.2 Objectives..............................................................................................................................................................6-3 6.3 Transportation Improvements, By Mode ..........................................................................................................6-3 6.3.1 Pedestrians and Bicycles .........................................................................................................................6-4 6.3.2 Transit.........................................................................................................................................................6-6 6.3.3 Parking .......................................................................................................................................................6-8 6.3.4 Vehicular Circulation................................................................................................................................6-10 8.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................8-3 8.2 Process ..................................................................................................................................................................8-3 8.3 Goals and Guidelines ...........................................................................................................................................8-3 8.4 Artwork Types ......................................................................................................................................................8-4 8.4.1 Integrated Artwork ...................................................................................................................................8-4 8.4.2 Site-Specic Artwork................................................................................................................................8-4 8.5 Artwork Themes...................................................................................................................................................8-5

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7. Public Realm Framework Plan .....................................................................................7-17.1 Overview ...............................................................................................................................................................7-2 7.2 Design Goals .........................................................................................................................................................7-2 7.3 Interpreting the Corridors Unique Identity ......................................................................................................7-3 7.4 Street Furnishings ................................................................................................................................................7-3 7.4.1 Street Trees................................................................................................................................................7-4 7.4.2 Tree Boxes and Grates .............................................................................................................................7-5 7.4.3 Streetlights.................................................................................................................................................7-6 7.4.4 Streetlight Accessories.............................................................................................................................7-6 7.4.5 Trafc Signals ............................................................................................................................................7-7 7.4.6 Transit Shelters .........................................................................................................................................7-8 7.4.7 Bike Racks .................................................................................................................................................7-8 7.4.8 Trash Receptacles .....................................................................................................................................7-8 7.4.9 Parking Meters ..........................................................................................................................................7-9 7.4.10 Seating ......................................................................................................................................................7-9 7.4.11 Sidewalk Paving Materials and Color Palette .....................................................................................7-10 7.4.12 Crosswalk Paving Materials and Color Palette ...................................................................................7-10

8.5.1 History ........................................................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.2 Geography..................................................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.3 Economics .................................................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.4 Ethnicity/Social Issues .............................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.5 Culture/Arts ...............................................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.6 Transportation...........................................................................................................................................8-5 8.5.7 Signicant People and Institutions .........................................................................................................8-5 8.6 Locations ...............................................................................................................................................................8-6 8.6.1 Integrated Artwork Locations .................................................................................................................8-7 8.6.2 Site-Specic Artwork Locations....................................

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