May 18, 2017
The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) has completed a State Rail Plan for the District of Columbia. This plan focuses on passenger and freight rail infrastructure, which is vital for ongoing economic development. The completed plan provides a high-level strategic vision, goals, and objectives to guide investment for the future of the District’s rail network. The plan also meets federal requirements for a rail plan.
The two-year action plan for moveDC, the District’s multimodal transportation plan, also identified the need for a State Rail Plan, which is now fulfilled via this planning effort.
The final State Rail Plan may be downloaded in the library.
June 9, 2016
The second Public Open House was held June 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Eastern Market North Hall where DDOT and the project team shared the work efforts that have taken place over the past several months. Forty-one stakeholders and members of the public were in attendance to learn of the project’s progress and provide feedback on some of the Plan’s elements.
Attendees were introduced to the State Rail Plan’s vision, goals and objectives, as well as key rail issues, needs, and improvements. The project team explained how these rail needs are included in the Plan and shared several related initiatives being conducted as part of the Plan, including a Commuter Rail Infill Station Analysis and a Freight Facility Analysis. The Draft Projects and Initiatives List was also provided, which will become part of the Plan’s Rail Service Investment Plan
Attendees had the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on these Plan components to representatives from DDOT and the project team. Initial feedback for the Plan from the meeting is to strengthen the commitment to environmental sustainability as well as sentiments regarding passenger rail capacity, regional coordination, and quality of life issues, among others. DDOT and the project team are now in the process of finalizing the Draft State Rail Plan document, and dialoguing with the FRA on its completion.
Meeting materials can be found here and comments are being accepted until July 8, 2016.
May 26, 2016
DDOT will host the second and final open house public meeting to present an initial draft of the District of Columbia State Rail Plan (SRP), the first comprehensive plan for the District. The two-year action plan for moveDC, the District’s multimodal transportation plan, identified the need for a SRP that focuses on passenger and freight rail infrastructure shared by CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern. This draft plan represents the culmination of a yearlong rail planning process.
The draft SRP identifies passenger and freight rail transportation needs and opportunities such as infrastructure upgrades, safety improvements, and policy changes providing an actionable and realistic roadmap for future rail investment in the District. DDOT has collaborated extensively with the rail operators, community, businesses, passenger rail riders and commuters (VRE, MARC, Amtrak), government agencies, and other stakeholders in development of this plan.
The public is invited to this open house to learn more about the SRP development process and the future for the District’s rail infrastructure. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the vision, goals, and investment elements identified in the draft SRP.
Open House Details:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Eastern Market - North Hall
225 7th Street SE, Washington, DC
(Nearest Metrorail Station: Eastern Market)
*Presentation at 6:30pm
April 6, 2016
A big thank you to everyone who responded to the State Rail Plan Survey. We received over 1,000 responses!
This survey highlighted what people who live, work, and play in the District thought of as the most important considerations for the future of passenger and freight rail. People provided input on why they do or do not ride rail. For freight rail, people provided opinions on potential freight issues as well as consideration of freight facilities in the District. Respondents were also asked their opinion on what areas DDOT should prioritize for the rail network including expanding passenger rail connectivity, achieving a state of good repair for rail assets, improving rail connectivity with public transit, and enhancing safety and security.
DDOT used the SRP survey responses to shape the development of the draft vision and goals for District of Columbia’s passenger and freight rail system. The vision reflects the District’s desired state for rail transportation for the next 20 years and beyond and describes the intended role for rail in the District’s overall transportation system. It is developed based on input from stakeholders as well as the direction set by moveDC, DDOT’s comprehensive long-range transportation plan (LRTP). The goals will help the District achieve the vision and assist in prioritizing the projects and initiatives that will be identified in the SRP’s Rail Service Investment Program.
DDOT shared the draft vision and goals with rail plan stakeholders on April 4. They are available here. The purpose of the meeting was to obtain input and feedback on the draft vision and goals and understand whether there was anything missing, as well as whether the statements appropriately reflect the desired future for the District’s rail system. Attendees provided specific feedback on priorities and issues to consider and an updated version of the vision and goals will be developed as a result. The full set of slides presented at this meeting is available here.
The survey summary document is also available here and on the Library page.
January 12, 2016
Your input is requested in helping the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) identify issues and opportunities associated with rail transportation in the District.
DDOT is preparing a State Rail Plan to provide a framework for passenger and freight rail infrastructure shared by CSX, VRE, MARC, Amtrak, and Norfolk Southern. Over the year, DDOT will identify passenger and freight rail transportation needs and opportunities such as infrastructure upgrades, safety improvements, policy changes, and operations.
The purpose of this survey is to identify the priorities of rail stakeholders in the District. Insight gained from the survey will build on the feedback received at Public Meeting #1 and guide development of the State Rail Plan to help DDOT prepare a vision for rail transportation in the District.
The survey will be available until March 1, 2016.
Please click on the link below to access the survey:
December 24, 2015
The planning team continues to work in earnest to advance the State Rail Plan process. One important effort underway is the development of an inventory of the rail assets and other related infrastructure in the District. An assessment of the safety and security of the District’s rail network is also proceeding, pulling in relevant safety data from the Federal Railroad Administration and other sources.
With this information in-hand, DDOT is in the early stages of developing a District of Columbia Rail Vision, Goals, and Objectives. The vision will reflect a desired future state of rail in the District and will identify the role of the rail in supporting the overall transportation goals for both the District and the larger region. Policy and system performance measures will be developed, reflective of the goals and objectives.
Stakeholder and public engagement continue to be an essential part of the plan development process and the team is moving forward with a series of “road shows” with communities located near rail, to be held through March 2016. Individual interviews with rail stakeholders are also being held to obtain further detail on their issues and concerns, learn about any new developments or initiatives, and discuss the overall plan development and schedule.
October 30, 2015
The first Public Open House was held September 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Friendship Public Charter School – Chamberlain Campus. With close to 50 persons in attendance, the forum provided the project team an opportunity to introduce the project to the public and obtain initial input on needs and opportunities for rail in the District.
Attendees were provided an opportunity to speak with representatives from DDOT and the project team, and share comments and suggestions on the current rail network as well as what is needed for the future.
Sixty-five comments were received and the project team is analyzing them in conjunction with evaluating the freight and passenger rail network in the District.
Starting in November and continuing through March 2016, DDOT will be holding a series of meetings (“road shows”) with communities located near rail facilities to obtain input for the State Rail Plan. Interviews will also be held with individual rail stakeholders as part of the Plan development process.
September 10, 2015
The project team kicked off the State Rail Plan process in July 2015 and immediately began working to engage the public and rail stakeholders. The goals of stakeholder and public engagement are to:
- Obtain technical and policy information from stakeholders that could affect facilities, operations or other aspects of rail investments;
- Identify District rail system needs and opportunities; and
- Receive, review, and analyze comments on the District State Rail Plan.
The first Public Open House will be held September 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Friendship Public Charter School – Chamberlain Campus, 1345 Potomac Avenue SE. (Near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station) The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the project to the public and obtain initial input on needs and opportunities for rail in the District.
Additional outreach with rail stakeholders, elected officials, and communities located near rail facilities will take place throughout the duration of the project. Learn more from our public outreach flyer.