“Dear PoPville,

Time for Howard University and Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. to review traffic patterns in ‪Ledroit Park‬. The Howard University Hospital parking lot should be opened so the traffic on Florida Avenue can flow better. The time has finally arrived to make modifications in the neighborhood as the exploding growth demands it.

There must be a solution for the terrible traffic congestion on Florida Avenue NW, and converting the Howard University Hospital parking lot into a regular road should help the traffic.”

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From MPD:

Cherry Blossom Parade

Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Cherry Blossom Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. The Cherry Blossom Parade will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

All road closures will begin at 8:30 am until approximately 1:00 pm. Roads will be closed from 9th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Assembly Area

The parade will assemble on 7th Street between Independence Avenue, SW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW between 6th Street to 9th Street NW from 3:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Parade Route

The parade will start at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW and will disband west of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

55th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

The street closures will go into effect on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm and will reopen on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm at which time the roadways mentioned below will be closed to traffic.

· Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th Streets, NW

· 12th Street between Constitution Avenue and E Street, NW

· 10th Street between Constitution Avenue and E Street, NW

· 11th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street, NW

· 13th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and E Street, NW”

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From WMATA:

“Following years of signal upgrades, rigorous independent testing, and the successful closure of key NTSB safety recommendations, Metro will return the Red Line to automatic train operation (ATO) on Monday, April 13, Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup announced today.

“The return of automatic train operation on the Red Line is a significant safety milestone for Metro,” said Troup. “I want to thank our riders for their forbearance through years of work, often on weekends, to allow us the track access necessary to perform essential signal upgrades.”

Only eight-car trains will run in automatic mode initially; six-car trains will continue to operate in manual mode. A future software upgrade on Metro’s existing railcar fleet will allow six-car trains to return to automatic mode at a later date.

Metro’s five other rail lines (Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green) are currently undergoing track-circuit module replacement projects, and a return to automatic train operation on these lines is expected in late 2017.

In automatic mode, trains accelerate, decelerate and stop under computer control, resulting in consistent ride quality and improved efficiency across the line. Train operators will continue to ride in the cab of each train, and will have responsibility for opening and closing doors and making announcements, even when operating in automatic mode.”

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Property Group Partners (PGP) announced that a new phase of utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street in Ward 6, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8 am to 6 pm. This will lead to several road closures and temporary lane closures, resulting in moderate-to-heavy traffic delays, in the coming weeks.

Commuters should be advised that during this phase, which is expected to last five months, Massachusetts Avenue will be closed at 2nd Street on Saturday, April 11. Detour signs will point motorists around the work zones to use H, I, K and 5th Streets.

During this phase, H Street westbound will no longer connect directly through Massachusetts Avenue. Instead, H Street will continue straight from 2nd Street toward the intersection of 4th and Massachusetts. Motorists traveling to H Street can turn south (left) onto 4th Street and west (right) back onto H Street.

Additionally, work on 3rd Street between E Street and Massachusetts Avenue will also begin during this phase. Drivers can expect lane closures on 3rd Street. Parking will be restricted on 3rd Street for the duration of this work.

Besides Saturday’s closures, there will be continuous closures on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7 am to 12 am the next day; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7 am to 3 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, only as needed, from 8 am to 6 pm

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, as traffic delays are likely to occur, or use alternative routes to bypass the construction area. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone.”

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A reader reports:

“It seems they have decided to mill and pave the 1300 block of R street. See current bumpy road after the potholpallosa. The notices (attached) were just placed on cars today and no parking signs 4/3-4/18 7am-5pm. I am glad they are doing the milling, but I believe they need to give more advance notice before they ticket. Many people may be out of town for the holiday weekend.”

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A reader reports:

“There was another accident at Kansas Ave and Quincy St this morning. This is the same intersection that residents of the neighborhood have been asking Mayor Bowser and DDOT for a stop sign for over two years. It’s very dangerous not only cars, but perhaps more so pedestrians. A year ago there was a petition that gathered a significant amount of signatures asking for a stop sign Kansas/Quincy and 13th/Quincy. Ultimately, DDOT only put a stop sign at 13th St. Since then, people cross at Kansas Ave and Quincy at their own risk. Nearly every day there are “close calls” between pedestrians and automobiles. The sounds of screeching brakes and horns is constant. Yet DDOT has does nothing. Quincy is the main street that leads to the metro as well as the Raymond Rec Center. It’s a shame DDOT has done nothing because eventually someone is going to be seriously injured. The last reply we received from DDOT stated that the accident data and traffic flow study did not warrant a stop sign. They went on to say that we were “one accident short” of the needed number to warrant a stop sign. Maybe this accident will solidify the need.”

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From @MayorBowser’s State of the District last night:

“We all know that the Streetcar has been long on promises but short on results. That changes now.

I promise you that we will get the Street Car along H Street and Benning Road line up and running.

Then we will extend the line to downtown Ward 7 so that Councilmember Alexander’s constituents along Benning Road can ride to Union Station and eventually all the way to Georgetown.”

What about Georgia Ave and Walter Reed…?

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of March 27-29 with service adjustments on two of six rail lines.

This weekend, Red, Orange, Silver and Green line trains will operate at regular intervals. Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 18 minutes.

Metro is gearing up for the busy Cherry Blossom season, a time when weekday ridership increases 15 percent and weekend ridership can nearly double.

Sat. Apr. 4 & Sun. Apr 5: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines.
Sat. Apr. 11 & Sun. Apr 12: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines. Metrorail will open two hours early (at 5 a.m.) for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.”