New Measures to Relieve Traffic Congestion
on 14th Street, NW
Traditional "Slug-Lines" that
Facilitate Ride-Sharing Will Not Be
D.C. Department of Public Works
June 2, 2000
using 14th Street, NW, between K Street and Constitution
Avenue, should soon notice their trips are taking less time
because of new traffic congestion relief measures being
implemented over the weekend by the D.C.
Department of Public Works. The new measures, however,
will not affect the traditional
"slug lines" that form along the west side of
14th Street, NW, to facilitate ride-sharing among evening
commuters leaving the District.
Over the weekend, DPW sign installers will replace existing
"No Parking" signs with "No Stopping"
signs on the east side of 14th Street, NW, between K Street
and Constitution Avenue, and parking meters will be removed.
Starting Monday, June 5, the new "No Stopping"
regulations will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, to improve traffic flow along one of
the District's most heavily traveled streets.
On the west side of 14th Street, NW, between K Street and
Constitution Avenue, "No Parking from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m." signs will be installed. Because slug-line
motorists are not parking, but simply stopping briefly to
pick up passengers, they will continue to be able to stop in
existing slug-line blocks for that purpose.
For a few days, starting with Monday's morning rush hour,
DPW parking officers and Metropolitan Police personnel will
alert motorists to the new regulations before enforcement
begins. Existing loading zones on the affected stretch of
14th Street will be moved to New York and Pennsylvania
Avenues, NW, and H, I, G and F Streets, NW.
"This is the next step in the joint effort between DPW
and the Metropolitan Police Department to carry out Mayor
Anthony A. Williams's mandate to reduce downtown traffic
congestion," explained DPW Director Vanessa Dale Burns.
"Last year, we tested the impact of restricting parking
on I Street, NW, to see if we actually reduced congestion.
It worked, so now we are doing the same thing on 14th
Director Burns added, "The number of vehicles using
14th Street surpasses all other major north-south corridors.
Traffic volume ranges from 42,500 at Constitution Avenue to
25,500 vehicles at K Street. The next highest volume
north-south street is 17th Street, NW, which carries about
50 percent to 66 percent of the traffic on 14th
DPW officials emphasized that everyday commuters who share
rides into and out of the District contribute to smoother
traffic flow and reduce air pollution. Therefore, DPW and
MPDC personnel who will enforce the new parking restrictions
on 14th Street, NW, between K Street and Constitution
Avenue, will allow the "slug lines" to continue.
"It's a no-brainer," said Director Burns.
"Whenever people share rides, we have fewer vehicles on
the streets increasing traffic congestion. Now that hot
weather is here, we also appreciate how fewer vehicles helps
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