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Mayor Bowser Highlights Investment to Transform Downtown DC with K Street Transitway Project

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Project builds on the Mayor’s Commitment to Offering Safe, Accessible, and Sustainable Transportation Opportunities to All District Residents and Visitors

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser showcased plans to design and build the K Street Transitway, a major streetscape project on K Street NW with dedicated bus lanes, enhanced bicycle accessibility, and safer pedestrian intersections. The project is projected to improve bus speeds by 30 percent for an estimated 40,000 daily bus passengers.

“As DC continues to grow and prosper, we need to reimagine our major roadways for the 21st century with infrastructure improvements that make public transportation more efficient and reliable for residents who rely on it,” said Mayor Bowser. “The K Street Transitway project will transform Downtown with dedicated bus lanes, protected bike lanes, redesigned sidewalks, and safer intersections to help keep DC moving and growing.”

Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget proposal allocates $122.1 million for the K Street Transitway, a major redesign of K Street NW between 12th and 21st Streets NW, with infrastructure and safety improvements for all users of the roadway. The Transitway design will give buses their own lanes, separated from general traffic, install protected bike lanes, and include streetscape improvements that will improve the pedestrian and environmental conditions by installing new landscaping, pedestrian amenities, stormwater retention, and public art.

“Once complete, the K Street Transitway will make travelling through the corridor more efficient and safer for all users of the roadway moving through downtown,” said District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian. “This project and all of our streetscape projects improve the engineering of our roads, ultimately advancing our safety and sustainability goals in the District.”

DDOT is updating the preliminary design of the project before beginning public meetings this summer to share information about the plans for the project and receive feedback from key stakeholders and the public.

The Mayor’s budget proposal contains other critical transportation investments:

  • $4.7 million to expand Vision Zero efforts, including $2.8 million to hire an additional 20 bike lane parking enforcement officers.
  • $16.1 million to make the zero-fare DC Circulator policy permanent and to expand the system’s routes into Ward 7.
  • $240 million for streetscape improvements, including a redesign of Dave Thomas Circle in Ward 5.

Mayor Bowser and Director Marootian were joined at the event by Leona Agouridis, Executive Director, Golden Triangle BID; Neil Albert, President and CEO, DowntownDC BID; and Colleen Hawkinson, Executive Director, Dupont Circle BID.