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Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is the DDOT and consultant team that worked on the plan?Top

The project was led by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration (PPSA). The DDOT PPSA project manager for the planning effort is Colleen Hawkinson, Strategic Planning Branch Manager. The consultant team was led by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and supported by Nelson\Nygaard Associates; Cordell & Crumley; NspireGreen; Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning; Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc.; HR&A Advisors, Inc.; MetroQuest; Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc.; and Nexus Infrastructure LLC.

What is the multimodal long-range transportation plan?Top

moveDC, the Multimodal-Long Range Transportation Plan for the District of Columbia is a coordinated long-range transportation plan for the District. It evaluates the current and future needs of, and provide recommendations for, all modes of transportation—walking, bicycling, transit, rail, and vehicles—in the District. Transportation funding and project prioritization are considerations of the plan's implementation element. Public input into the planning process was essential to the plan's development.

Why did we do it?Top

The District of Columbia previously had a long-range transportation plan, but it was time for it to be updated to reflect recent events and new directions the city is following. It is customary for long range transportation plans to be updated on a periodic basis, ideally every 5 years or sooner. From a regulatory perspective, metropolitan areas and states are required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to have a long-range transportation plan. From a common sense perspective, the District needs to have a current plan so that investments in the transportation system can be coordinated, prioritized, programmed, and ultimately completed for the benefit of the city's citizens. While the transportation plan will fulfill a federal requirement, more importantly, it will act as a decision-support tool for the city as decisions are made on transportation investments throughout the next 30 years.

What modes of transportation does the plan consider?Top

The plan addresses all modes of transportation. Within the plan there are pedestrian, bicycle, freight, railroad, transit, and vehicular transportation modes. Each element includes specific recommendations to meet short- and long-term needs. A long-range, plan-level financing plan identifies how projects will be funded. Lastly, the implementation plan identifies project priorities and the anticipated time horizons for implementation.

How does this plan impact me?Top

moveDC identifies transportation system recommendations Districtwide. Some of these will modify the physical environment (change the way streets work or what's in them), some may change the way that transportation services are delivered (i.e., transit, CaBi, etc.), and others may affect policy and future planning (curbspace management, parking, etc.). The plan includes recommendations for pedestrian, bicycle, transit, rail, and vehicular systems citywide.

Who was involved in the moveDC planning process?Top

Public, residents, institutions, special interest groups, workers, visitors, District agencies, transportation agencies, transportation and service providers, advocacy group, and others were involved in the moveDC planning process. Throughout the plan's development, a wide range of participation opportunities were offered. The project website, two surveys, web meetings, social media, the Idea Exchange (February 9th, 2013), three rounds of public workshops, and regular (4 to 6 weeks) Transportation Plan Advisory Committee (TPAC) meetings were offered. In addition, we met regularly with public agencies from across the region to create a dialogue that provides input and identifies shared opportunities to improve transportation in the District and region.

How does moveDC coordinate with WMATA's "Momentum" plan?

It is natural for these two efforts to be coordinated. At their core, "Momentum" and moveDC seek to achieve similar goals—safety, quality service to users/customers, improvements to regional and local mobility, and financial stability and security. Regular coordination occurred and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) involvement was important in the moveDC process.

What was the timeline for the plan’s development?Top

The planning process kicked off in early 2013 with the website and the moveDC Idea Exchange. Public workshops were held in March, June, and October 2013 while the TPAC met between February 2013 and February 2014. The draft plan was released May 30, 2014 for public comment through July 31, 2014. The final plan was released in October 2014.