M Street SE/SW Transportation Study

Traffic on M Street

Project Overview

The M Street SE/SW Transportation Study identified existing and future transportation challenges and ways to address them within a roughly 1.7-square-mile area along M Street SE/SW, and the Southwest waterfront from 12th Street, SE to 14th Street, SW and from the Southwest/Southeast Freeway south to the Anacostia River/Washington Channel.

The study analyzed how to integrate transit, bicycling and walking with motor vehicle traffic in order to best serve neighborhoods in this burgeoning section of the city. In addition, the study sought ways to most safely and effectively balance the travel needs of residents with those of visitors and workers who will be drawn to new retail and mixed use development planned for the area. Movement of goods, parking and transportation facilities that give people access to all the new amenities coming to the M Street corridor also were considered.

Key Project Elements

Among the factors evaluated were existing and forecasted transportation conditions, planned land uses and possible transportation enhancements to:

  • improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • increase mobility;
  • provide better local connections to the regional transportation network; and
  • support planned development.

Creating a Successful Transportation System

The District Department of Transportation’s mission is to develop and maintain a cohesive, sustainable transportation system that delivers safe, affordable, and convenient ways to move people and goods—while protecting and enhancing the natural, environmental and cultural resources of the District.

Key to achieving this mission within the study area was designing streets to:

  • provide a balance in physical space and time for all modes; and
  • complement and support diverse adjacent land uses and edge conditions.

Public Involvement

Three public meetings in 2012 (noted in the Milestones) were intended to provide residents, businesses and other stakeholders with opportunities to comment and stay informed. The meetings were held in January, May and September 2012. The study was launched in November 2011 and a final report was published in December 2012.  During 2013, DDOT has been conducting a  subsequent special event transportation study to augment the final M Street Study report in anticipation of beginning a formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process in 2014.

If you have questions, comments or would like to be added to the stakeholder contact list please email: ddot.awi@dc.gov.

Project Contact:

Colleen Hawkinson, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner
District Department of Transportation

View the Transportation Study Final Report

View the Special Events Analysis Final Report

Download Project Fact Sheet PDF

Public Meeting Presentations

Planned Milestones

Milestone Date
Notice to Proceed November 2011
Public Meeting 1 January 2012
Public Meeting 2 May 24, 2012
Final Public Meeting September 13, 2012
Draft Study Report November 2012
Final Study Report December 2012