Last week Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) hosted a community wide forum on transportation to discuss our Transportation Impact Study and allow the community an opportunity to learn more about the study’s purpose, findings and recommendations. Following a brief presentation by Rob Schiesel and Dan VanPelt of Gorove/Slade Associates (G/S), small group sessions focused on North Capital and First Street improvements were facilitated between the community and the study’s engineers. The interactive dialog occasioned comments and suggestions that will be considered in the final list of improvements implemented through the PUD process. Comments and questions were recorded from the community throughout the evening. G/S and VMP succeeded in responding to a majority of the questions we received over the course of the forum. Nevertheless, to ensure nothing goes unanswered, we have provided a written response to all the questions we received during the event. On behalf of G/S, VMP would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and hope you found it to be beneficial. If there are additional questions on transportation, or the project in general, you may always reach us through our contact page.
Today, despite the snow, VMP publishes the Transportation Impact Study recently completed by Gorove/Slade to the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) 45-days in advance of the first scheduled PUD hearing for McMillan. We have also published a five-page summary with diagrams of street improvements recommended for First Street NW, North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue.
The purpose of the TIS is to compare future conditions around the site, analyzing those conditions with and without the proposed McMillan redevelopment to determine if the PUD will have a detrimental impact. AND to develop recommendations to mitigate the impact and improve transportation conditions for pedestrians, cyclists as well as drivers; surrounding residents as well as area workers.
During the review of the report, one of the engineers reminded me of an important point – the ideal road condition is one where the street is operating just at capacity during peak hours, that is the street is full and moving the maximum amount of cars efficiently through the area. If streets are empty and cars are speeding, we are both wasting precious public land and creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians.
We collected numerous questions at a recent McMillan Advisory Group meeting and will publish those questions and answers this Friday here on this blog.
If you have other questions about this report or its recommendations, please either email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the community-wide meeting on transportation issues on Thursday, April 3rd at 7 pm at All Nations Baptist Church, at the corner of North Capitol and Rhode Island Ave, NE.