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16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project

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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has completed 100% roadway design plans for the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes corridor that extends 2.7 miles from Arkansas Avenue NW to K Street NW. 


The bus routes along 16th Street currently serve more than 20,000 riders each weekday, making the corridor one of the busiest in the region in terms of ridership; more than half of the people traveling on 16th Street in the peak are bus riders. However, the line suffers from reliability issues and overcrowding, resulting in bus bunching, pass-bys, and slow travel speeds. Motorists also experience significant queuing during rush hours. In addition, 16th Street often serves as a barrier between neighborhoods. Pedestrian crossings are difficult, especially at several complex intersections, and east-west connectivity is limited for vehicles.


In December 2016 the District Department of Transportation kicked off the design phase of the 16th Street Bus Lanes Project. DDOT used the recommendations from the April 2016 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study as a guide in developing the roadway design plans. The project features include peak period bus lanes, ADA accessible bus stops, enhanced passenger bus stop passenger amenities (expanded bus zones, bus shelters, etc.), bus stop consolidation, transit signal priority, queue jumps, and pedestrian improvements.


The final roadway design plans are completed.
Construction on the 16th Street corridor began in February 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in late Spring 2022.

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