Friday, February 17, 2012

DDOT Anacostia Metro Station Charrette

Anacostia Metro Charrette (the DCeye)
On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 15, representatives from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the District Department of the Environment, and the Office of Planning, continued a design charrette or a community work session, which began Monday, February 13.

The Wednesday meeting offered the public the opportunity to comment on the initial sketches from suggestions made during Monday's meeting and ask questions about pedestrian and bicycling amenities.

According to the DDOT website, the project hopes to create a public space that connects the Metrorail station to neighborhood assets, makes the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, better manages local storm water runoff and complements upcoming economic development projects in the community. Greater Greater Washington contributor, John Muller, offers a more pedestrian-focused view of the project; specifically, how the cerrent conditions are among worst in District for pedestrians.

This Charrette is a product of the District being recently selected as one of five capital cities to receive technical design assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Greening America’s Capitals program in 2011. 

The EPA hopes to enhance pedestrian / bicycle safety in the public spaces surrounding the Anacostia Metrorail Station and to “green” the community through park and recreation areas, improved water and air quality, and community health benefits.  According to the EPA website, "the design team's areas of focus will be safety concerns at the intersections, improved signage, increasing the overall permeability of the area to manage stormwater, and creating a strong community identity". 

While the meeting discussed several changes at the Howard Road SE interestion with Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, we will focus on specific improvements at the station. Below are initial design elements for the area immediately surrounding the Anacostia Metrorail Station:

Figure 1 - The re-imagining
Figure 1 shows the re-imagined intersection of Howard Road SE and Firth Sterling Avenue SE in the northerly direction.

Anacostia station is represented by the box with the blue trim . In front of the station, the designers envision a 100 foot wide pedestrian crosswalk across Howard Road that leads to a small park-like area on Shannon Place SE.

To the left, Firth Sterling Avenue will be closed north of Howard Road, eliminating the on ramp to I-295.  Just left of Firth Sterling and before I-295, two water retention ponds would be created north and south of Howard.  On the north side of Howard, the sidewalk would continue into the retention pond, with a similar feature to the south. This would provide a natural element while also controlling the water runoff from I-295

One of the more bicycle-specific elements of the design would include elements of the South Capitol Street Environmental Impact Statement; specifically, the extension of the Suitland Parkway trail across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. The charrette presenters design assumes the construction of a center-ramp interchange at the Suitland Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. This will presumeably allow the trail to run parallel the current Parkway alignment between the Anacostia Station and the Parkway - extending to Firth Sterling Avenue then to Howard Road.

Buses would be diverted off of Howard Road, entering and exiting on Firth Sterling Avenue. Not see on this map, would be a exit for buses on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. WMATA has not been contacted regarding this suggestion.

Figure 2 - Current conditions (Google Maps)
Figure 2 shows the area as it currently appears today. Buses enter and exit Anacostia Station at the corners and run along Howard. The bulb turnaround at Shannon Place SE has a traffic bump to allow public safety to access the street.

However, unauthorized vehicles consistently use Shannon Place as a cut-through to avoid the traffic queuing to turn on to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.  This presents a safety hazard for pedestrians and bicyclists who use this area as a walkway to the neighborhood and Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School.  At 90 feet, the  bulb turnaround is also too wide.

Figure 3 - Farmer's Market anyone?
To eliminate the cut-through problem and reuses the space for other purposes, the designers removed the turnaround and replaced it with a small pedestrian park.  Figure 3 shows the installation of bollards assessable only to public safety.  This area would allow for events such as a farmers market or other programming. Other suggestions included adding more Bikeshare, bicycle parking and potentially convert Shannon Place, which runs roughly parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, into a bicycle boulavard along its entire length.

Figure 4 shows the north side of Howard Road SE facing westerly with I-295 in the distance. To the right is a retaining wall that abuts Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School.  The designers would like to widen the sidewalk to at least 10 feet in part by creating a silva cell, which is a steel pavement system that allows grass to grow yet provides a walkable, ADA-compliant surface.

Figure 4 - sidewalk along school retaining wall
As shown in figure 1, the silva cell path would extend across the closed Firth Sterling Avenue SE into the water retention pond.  The design suggests that the utility polls and traffic control box would be removed or buried. Currently, this 6 foot section of the sidewalk is actually reduced to a little as 2 feet in some areas do to utilities and signage. The presenters estimated that bury utilities could cost about $1 million per mile.

Figure 5 - Basic street width remains the same
Figure 5 shows the Howard Road street scape cross section, the Thurgood Marshall Academy to the left. The street would 40 feet wide and appears to continue to maintain two vehicle travel lanes in both directions and no bike lanes. 

Removing one vehicle travel lane and creating a contra-flow lane on the left could increase the likelihood of traffic calming and the promotion of a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly street.  Two of the remaining vehicular lanes would be travel lanes while the third could be a turning lane near each end Howard Road.

Figure 6 - Still car focused
Figure 6 provides an overhead view of the Howard Road. This picture shows the proposed widening the WMATA sidewalk to 20 feet and the school sidewalk to 10 feet, adding tree boxes, and new pavement. While 10 and 20 feet for sidewalks seem wide, it does not appear to be sufficient given the number of potential pedestrians who are crossing and walking along the sidewalk in front of the station or the school, respectively.

Bicyclists would likely travel 'vertically' along Howard Road at speed and along Shannon Place. The Figure 6 view clearly shows the four vehicle travel lanes.  While the presenters stated that changes regarding the reconstruction of the Suitlan Parkway and the elimination of the I-295 on ramp at Firth Sterling would reduce automotive traffic, the street appears to still be too car focused. 
Figure 7 - New street infrastructure
Figure 7 shows a typical street scape of Howard Road after reconstruction, just past the station entrance.  The red towers on each side of the street are lighted solar-powered decorative art, which act as a visual anchor. Also, the street would be eluminated by solar-powered street lights.   In addition, when viewed from the street, the Washington Monument is framed in the center.  In the distance along the I-295 overpass, the designers hope to install small read wind-powered generators that would be used to eluminate Howard Road under the I-295 bridge.

If you have questions or comment, feel free to post them below.


  1. Am greatful for the additional METRO PD presence and their "turning night-time into daytime" by having the bright lights.

    Mid-day today there was an MPD Canine officer with partner parked on the median of Anacostia. METRO PD & MPD please don't stop working together. GOOD SUPPORT !

  2. One problem that isn't being addressed is that although there is supposed to be two lanes going each direction, many cars and shuttles park in the area marked "no parking" and cause it to only have one lane usable on each side. This backs up traffic all the way onto 295 at times and law enforcement refuses to remedy the situation after many complaints.

  3. EPA's report on the project, "Greening America's Capitals: The Anacostia Metro Station Area, Washington, D.C.," is now posted at:

  4. Your minute card is merely beautiful -- and just what a beautiful present. Any woman would be delighted for this specific.
    Appreciate your you inspiration.

    Diablo 3 Gold

    Guild Wars 2 Gold

  5. Other suggestions included adding more Bikeshare, bicycle parking and potentially convert guild wars 2 gold Shannon Place, which runs roughly parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, into a bicycle boulavard gw2 gold along its entire length.

  6. Of course always remains favorable ..Please android phone cheap meet in happier times

  7. "Greening The united state's Capitals: The Anacostia City Place Place, California, D.C.," is now published at:
    .cheap rs gold
    FF14 Gold

  8. đồng tâm
    game mu
    cho thuê nhà trọ
    cho thuê phòng trọ
    nhac san cuc manh
    số điện thoại tư vấn pháp luật miễn phí
    văn phòng luật
    tổng đài tư vấn pháp luật
    dịch vụ thành lập công ty trọn gói
    lý thuyết trò chơi trong kinh tế học
    đức phật và nàng audio
    hồ sơ mật dinh độc lập audio
    đừng hoang tưởng về biển lớn ebook
    chiến thắng trò chơi cuộc sống ebook
    bước nhảy lượng tử
    ngồi khóc trên cây audio
    truy tìm ký ức audio
    mặt dày tâm đen audio
    thế giới như tôi thấy ebook

    Lưu Phong sắc mặt trầm xuống, âm thanh lạnh lùng nói:

    - Hừ, nếu ta không có chút công phu thì tối qua đã bị Ma giáo hạ sát.

    “Tối qua?” Bạch Vũ hỏi:

    - Tối qua ngươi về trễ như vậy là vì bị Ma giáo cản trở sao?

    Lưu Phong khẽ khịt mũi nói:

    - Ma giáo Thánh sứ tìm ta, muốn ta giao ngươi ra, đổi lại sẽ cho ta 60 vạn lượng bạc, ta vì nghĩa khí huynh đệ mà không đáp ứng. Sau đó Ma giáo đã chuyển sang uy hiếp ta, ta cũng không đáp ứng, nếu công phu của ta kém cỏi thì đã chết mất xác, làm sao mà còn trở về được Phượng viên, ngươi không biết báo đáp mà còn dùng sắc mặt chà bá như thế này để đối phó với ta…

    Nói xong hắn khẽ thở dài, bộ dạng làm như đang chịu muôn ngàn ủy khuất.

    Bạch Vũ nghe Lưu Phong nói vậy, hận ý đối với hắn đã giảm đi quá nửa.

    “Ta…cám ơn ngươi…” thật vất vả để nói ra hai từ cám ơn, Bạch Vũ liếc mắt nhìn Lưu Phong đoạn nói”

    - Lưu…đại ca, người lợi hại như vậy, có thể ra tay giúp Bạch gia hay không? Nếu người có thể giúp Bạch gia ta giải quyết xong chuyện phiền toái lần này thì ta nhất định sẽ báo đáp cho người hai vạn lượng vàng có được không?

    “Ta chỉ phụ trách an nguy của ngươi, về phần Bạch gia, ta không hề quan tâm đến.” đừng tưởng Lưu Phong thường ngày thấy cảnh bất bình ra tay trượng nghĩa mà phán xét về con người của hắn, kỳ thực hắn làm việc gì luôn tự lượng sức mình. Nếu muốn mình hắn đối đầu với Ma giáo tất chỉ có con đường chết, còn lực lượng của Phượng viên thì hắn không đủ quyền lực để điều động . Sự nghiệp của hắn giờ đây mới có chút khởi sắc, cuộc sống vui vẻ thoải mái, tiền đồ sáng lạn như thế tại sao lại vì người khác liều mạng?

    Công tâm mà nói thì nếu sớm biết trước Bạch gia phải đối đầu với Ma giáo, Lưu Phong tuyệt sẽ không dính dáng gì đến Bạch Vũ nữa.


Thank you for your comment.