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District DOT Releases Mobility Website to Track Multimodal Traffic Congestion

The Washington, D.C., District Department of Transportation unveiled a "District Mobility" website, and said it was "part of an effort to clearly communicate how the district's transportation system is performing."

capitol0816.jpg DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo said: "The interactive, data-rich design of District Mobility provides an innovative platform for sharing the state of mobility and DDOT's progress towards reducing congestion on our roads."

"The district has a diverse, multimodal transportation network that serves district residents, regional commuters and tourists from around the world," said Project Manager Stephanie Dock.

She said the new site uses a series of stories describing people who travel in D.C., the transportation modes they use and their experiences with congestion and mobility. Website viewers can use interactive maps to see how transportation demand changes over the course of a day, and how those changes affect the various modes.

The announcement said the site also outlines DDOT's recommendations for managing and operating already-built infrastructure to meet growing demand. By highlighting areas with high congestion, low reliability and poor accessibility, the site helps show where DDOT will target near-term investments to improve mobility across surface travel modes.

The new website is part of the agency's ongoing "District Mobility Project," which DDOT said it established "to increase understanding of mobility issues in the district and define a program of improvements to address them. It builds on national advances in transportation system performance management to track District-wide trends in congestion and travel-time reliability, among other key system performance metrics."

The Project uses transportation data for multiple modes – walking, bicycling, transit and driving – to help shape DDOT's short- and long-term investment strategies. The metrics and recommendations developed through the project are presented in both the District Mobility website and a District Mobility Report.

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