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15th Street NW: Work Underway on Southbound Bike Lane


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At P Street NW: Looking south on 15th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

The rain is gone (for now) and DDoT was finally able to get started on the southbound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street NW. Yes, bikers will ride southbound on a one-way northbound street, between the curbed and parked cars—from Massachusetts Avenue to Florida Avenue NW.

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October 30, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC transportation | , , , | 7 Comments

15th Street Southbound Bike Lane Installation Starts MONDAY


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Starting Monday, Oct. 26, DDOT will install the south-bound bicycle lane on the west side of 15th Street NW between U Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It will be between the sidewalk-curb and parked cars. (Image: DDOT courtesy of TheWashCycle.com Web site.)

We were just talking about this… we had been wondering if/when the city was going to install the south-bound bicycle lane on the west side of 15th Street NW (which is one-way north-bound). This morning there was a message in the Logan Circle News group on Yahoo! Groups (below).

DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) will begin work on the bike lane—which will run from U Street to Massachusetts Avenue NW—this MONDAY, October 26, and be completed the following Monday. DDoT is distributing a flyer to 15th Street residents today.

About the Bike Lanes

  • The south-bound bike lane on the west side of 15th will be next to the curb-sidewalk.
  • Parking will still be allowed on the west side of 15th, but you will park between the south-bound bike lane and the north-bound traffic lanes.
  • A north-bound bike lane will also be installed on the east side of 15th Street—but the lane will be between parked cars and north-bound traffic, the more traditional type of bike lane.
  • There will still be three north-bound traffic lanes when all work is completed.

For those of you not in-the-know, there was discussion (a lot of it) on whether to turn 15th Street north of Massachusetts Avenue into a two-way street (I personally would have preferred it, many neighbors did not and opinions varied). DDoT kicked around several different configurations for 15th Street and finally decided to implement Alternative 5.

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October 23, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, DC transportation | , , , | 5 Comments

Mahnke Family Seeks Witnesses to Sept. 3 Metrobus Incident


UPDATE from Metro: “A Metrobus operator who struck a pedestrian on September 3 at Florida Avenue and Connecticut Avenue, NW, was terminated from her position as a bus operator on September 21. She was dismissed for failing to follow standard operating procedures. The operator was placed on paid administrative leave following the accident, which is standard procedure. She had been a Metrobus operator since August 2000.”

The following message is from the brother of Amanda Mahnke who was hit by a Metrobus on the morning of September 3 at the corner of Connecticut and Florida Avenues NW. Continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC transportation, Metro | , , | 6 Comments

Update: Corcoran Street Sidewalk Project


Corcoran St., New Brick Sidewalks. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

The north side of the 1400-block of Corcoran Street NW on Sunday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

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Looking west down the 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW on Sunday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The work on the new brick sidewalks on 1400 to 1600 Corcoran Street NW is moving along rapidly. But, it will still be interesting to see if the DDoT meets its promised October 4 deadline (which is a Sunday, by the way).

Bricks are already going down on the north side of the 1400 block. And, yes, the bricks are being laid down over a foundation of new concrete. I can’t tell, though, whether the bricks are being set down or will have mortar to seal them down on the concrete.

This may seem picky, but it matters. All too often new brick sidewalks were put down on nothing more than a layer of sand with no mortar. The result, after a few months, is sometimes pretty bad.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC transportation | , , , | 1 Comment

Labor Day Travel: National Airport Stop Closed This Weekend


Metro will shut Airport Station this weekend. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Metro will shut the National Airport station this weekend. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

If you are planning on riding the Metro this Labor Day weekend to National Airport, be aware that the station will be closed, according to the Washington Business Journal, from 9:30 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | DC transportation, Media, Metro | , , , , | Leave a comment

July 4th: A Guide to the Guides, Street Closures


Image: National Park Service Web site.

Image: National Park Service Web site.

Looking for comprehensive listings of July 4th celebrations in DC? We bring you a guide to the guides (below the fold) and the National Park Service list of DC street closures for July 4. Continue reading

July 3, 2009 Posted by | DC transportation, Media, on community, on events | , , , | 2 Comments

On the Blogs: Buses, Dogs and Marriages


Some interesting and useful stuff we found.

New Columbia Heights has NextBus is up!

After lots of delay and hair-pulling, Metro’s Next Bus system is up and running — the website works from your mobile device or your computer, and shows you when the next bus is coming, plus a map, all in real time. You can also call the service for the same information. I didn’t use it this morning, but it seems to be working — anyone use it this morning? The Circulator bus has a similar app as well.

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July 2, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, DC politics, DC transportation, local business, Media, Metro, on community, on the blogs, Shaw | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ten Things NOT to Do in New York


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The double-decker Megabus to New York leaves DC from H Street NW. (Photo: Megabus Web site.)

So, the weekend approaches and you are ready to go… to get out of Borderstan (lovely though our little autonomous region may be). New York City awaits. The trip to Gotham takes about four to five hours, depending on traffic. We’ve haven’t taken Megabus (pictured) yet, but the double decker is appealing; we hope to check it out soon. Anyone have Megabus experiences to share?

But once in New York, it’s just as important to know what NOT to do as is what not to miss. So, we bring this write up from MSNBC.com of “Ten things not to do in New York City” (with alternative recommendations), so you can make the best of that weekend in New York City. Reader feedback is greatly appreciated: Do you like the warnings? Have more things to NOT do in NYC you’d like to add?

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC transportation, Media | , , , | Leave a comment

Avoid the Metro Red Line Today


Borderstanians: Following the horrendous crash yesterday on the Metro Red Line, riders are are being advised to avoid the Red Line today, if possible. Metro’s recommendations to regular Red Line riders are below the fold. Continue reading

June 23, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC transportation, Metro | , , | Leave a comment

Major Events, Street Closures this Weekend


MONDAY: The 2009 National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue begins at 2 p.m. (Photo: NMDP Web site.)

MONDAY: The 2009 National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue begins at 2 p.m. (Photo: NMDP Web site.)

The following street closures in DC are from Alert DC… plus links to three major events in the area this Memorial Day Weekend (including Borderstan, of course!).

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC transportation, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, on events | , , , | Leave a comment