About This Project

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 first 6- month phase of design of the 16th Street Bus Lanes Project. During this phase of the project, DDOT will use the recommendations from the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study as a guide in developing preliminary 30% design plans. The design plans will include peak period bus lanes, ADA accessible bus stops, enhanced passenger bus stop passenger amenities (off-board fare payment kiosks, bus shelters, etc.), signage, and pedestrian improvements.

DDOT hosted a public meeting in the spring of 2017. At the public meeting, design visuals of the 16th Street corridor were presented for the public to review. The final design plans will be developed in the next phase of the Project.

Northbound 16th Street NW at Church Street NW

Project at a Glance

Project Title: 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project
Providing Agency: District Department of Transportation
Status: Ongoing
Type: Design