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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Bikes or streetcars on M Street SE/SW?

Should M Street SE/SW have a cycle track? Or a dedicated streetcar and bus lane? Or neither? A transportation study says we’ll have to choose.

Advocates for every mode of travel would like to have space on M Street. It’s currently the only street that goes east-west all the way through the Southwest Waterfront and Near Southeast neighborhoods. Bicyclists would like a cycle track on M, and Toole Design even sketched one out in 2010. The D.C. Department of Transportation’s streetcar plan calls for a streetcar on M. Several buses, including the Circulator, and plenty of cars use M.

The challenge is more complex because the nearby street grid is highly disconnected. L’Enfant’s plan had a regular grid of streets, and until the mid-20th century most streets continued uninterrupted for long distances. Subsequent urban renewal projects not only tore out nearby townhouses but also cut off many streets with dead ends.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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