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Green DC Agenda - Transit and Mobility

Vision

Residents, commuters, and visitors move by walking, bicycling, car sharing, and using alternative vehicles and innovative mass transit. The District will promote options that reduce car use and the use of traditional diesel vehicles by residents, businesses, and government employees - reducing use of fossil fuels and improving air quality. Streets and public space will incorporate green infrastructure to reduce stream and river pollution from stormwater runoff.

Key Agenda Commitments

  • Construct a bike station at Union Station to provide bicycle parking, rentals, retail, and repairs—opening July 2009.
  • Expand SmartBike DC to 100 stations with 1,000 shared bicycles.
  • Work with regional partners to develop a New Mobility project that maximizes mass transit connections and efficiency to provide users with integrated door-to-door trips on sustainable transit.

Current Successes

  • Installed the first 10 SmartBike DC stations with 100 shared bicycles to promote bicycling and reduce car use.
  • Installed more than 40 miles of designated bike lanes and 1,000 bicycle racks on public space across the District.
  • Developed the Watts Branch, Anacostia, and Metropolitan Branch bicycle trails to promote bicycle recreation and commuting.
  • Shifting Metrobuses from traditional diesel to alternative fuels, including 50 diesel/hybrid and 461 compressed natural gas buses.
  • Inspectors routinely enforce the District regulation against vehicle engine idling, and distribute education information in English and Spanish to reduce air pollution and promote fuel conservation.
  • Designs for new streets and major retrofits incorporate water quality catch basins to capture trash and reduce the amount of pollution flowing into streams and rivers.
  • Installed more than 69,000 energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) traffic lights to conserve energy, improve air quality, and cut operating costs.
  • Facilitated private car sharing by providing access to street and public space parking and providing maintenance.
  • Created the Circulator express bus service system with five targeted routes to reduce car use.
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