District of Columbia launches new mobility website to track traffic congestion

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The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced the release of the new District Mobility website as part of an effort to clearly communicate to the public and other stakeholders how the District’s transportation system is performing.

District Mobility is a dynamic web tool that shows the District’s state of mobility for different surface transportation modes and outlines DDOT’s recommendations for managing and operating built infrastructure to meet growing demand. The new website is part of the ongoing District Mobility Project, which was 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.

DDOT’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment. The District Mobility Project makes use of transportation data for multiple modes, including walking, bicycling, transit and driving, to inform DDOT’s short- and long-term investment strategies. The metrics, data, and recommendations developed through the District Mobility Project are presented in both the District Mobility website and a District Mobility Report. By highlighting areas with high congestion, low reliability, and poor accessibility, District Mobility shows where DDOT will target near-term investments to improve multimodal mobility.

“The goal of the District Mobility Project is to better quantify and qualify the state of the District’s transportation system performance from a holistic, multimodal perspective,” said DDOT director Leif Dormsjo. “The interactive, data-rich design of District Mobility provides an innovative platform for sharing the state of mobility and DDOT’s progress toward reducing congestion on our roads.”

DDOT’s District Mobility Project manager, Stephanie Dock, explained, “The District has a diverse, multimodal transportation network that serves District residents, regional commuters, and tourists from around the world. District Mobility is arranged into a series of stories describing the people who travel in DC, the transportation modes that they use to move around, and how they experience different aspects of congestion and mobility. Interactive maps allow website users to see how transportation demand in the District changes over the course of a day, and how those changes impact all modes.”

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