The D.C. Department of Transportation’s draft long-range transportation plan offers a guide for navigating the city by 2040. The plan takes into account projections that the city will add about 170,000 residents in the next 25 years, and increase jobs by 40 percent, for an additional 200,000 people working in the city.


The plan recommends more educational campaigns that promote safe pedestrian practices, bus stop improvements, a sidewalk on at least one side of every street, and the expansion of the District’s speed- and red-light camera programs to enforce speed limits, raise the comfort level of pedestrians and reduce pedestrian-related accidents. The plan recommends setting policies to ensure that all new construction includes sidewalks.


By 2040, bike riders would have 200 miles of on-street bicycle facilities. This means more trails, bike lanes and bicycle parking. The plan calls for improvements to road infrastructure so bikes have better access on bridges, busy and complex road intersections like traffic circles, and the Mall. The Capital Bikeshare system would be expanded so that stations would be within reach of a majority of D.C. residents and workers.


Under the plan, there would be 70 miles of high-capacity transit (streetcar or bus), a new downtown Metrorail loop, expanded commuter rail and water taxis. The plan calls for a high-capacity transit network that includes a 22-mile streetcar system and 25 miles of dedicated transit lanes. High-transit commuter corridors such as 16th Street NW and H Street and I Street NW are identified as potential places for dedicated bus lanes.

The plan also calls for a water transit system that would provide connections within the District and between the city and neighboring jurisdictions, with stops in Georgetown, the Southwest waterfront and Navy Yard.

Investments in Metrorail include support for Metro’s call for a new Potomac River tunnel between Rosslyn and Georgetown and a new downtown Metrorail loop that separates the Orange/Blue lines and the Yellow/Green lines. The plan also recommends investments in the construction of new Metro station entrances or access points in the downtown core. And, it recommends service for at least 18 hours a day fin most places and around-the-clock service in key corridors.

Vehicular transportation

The plan for the District’s vehicular transportation system focuses on reducing automobile use or maintaining the current number of vehicular trips. It calls for toll lanes at major entry points into the city and cordon area congestion pricing, in which vehicles would be charged to access downtown.