A group of Ward 7 activists is hosting the neighborhood’s second annual transportation summit Saturday, hoping to call attention to a key quality-of-life issue in that community.
The summit, which will be held at Dorothy I Height library on Benning Road, will feature several high-ranking city transportation officials, including Jim Hamre, Metro’s director of bus planning.
The activists, who include local blogger Veronica Davis, Deanwood advisory neighborhood commissioner Sylvia Brown and Kelsi Bracmort, chairman of the WMATA Riders Advisory Council, said that they will publicly push for a second Circulator line east of the river connecting the Congress Heights Metro station to the Minnesota Ave. stop. They also will ask for public information displays to be built in bus stops that will let riders know how far a bus is from the stop.
Last year’s summit resulted in the development of new bikeshare ports in the community and helped usher along the neighborhood first circulator line, which goes to Skyland Mall.
“We want to make sure that we are creative” with the money that is allocated for Ward 7, said Davis. She added the group will also push for better attention to pedestrian safety at several high traffic intersections, including Minnesota Avenue at Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue at Benning Road. “It’s also a chance to work together as a ward. We’re going to address the issues of both sides of the ward.”
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