Vision Zero


District Department of Transportation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The District Department of Transportation seeks to improve bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular safety in an urban and congested environment.

Purpose: Vision Zero is a part of Mayor Bowser’s response to the US Department of Transportation’s Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, which aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety by showcasing effective local actions, empowering local leaders to take action, and promoting partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Study: Vision Zero requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. More than 20 District government agencies are engaged in the Vision Zero Initiative, including DDOT, Department of Public Works, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Metropolitan Police Department, DC Taxi Cab Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the DC Office on Aging, DC Public Schools, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Management, Office of Unified Communications, Department of Health, the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Disability Rights, Office of Planning, Office of the City Administrator, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Deputy Mayor for Education, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, and the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Strategy Metrics
Public Awareness Events/Street Meetings Surveyed about 3000 residents and visitors at 10 awareness events around the District.
Youth Summit Engaged over 150 youth aged 16 to 22 in a half day of activities

ROLE: Commun-ET team oversaw strategy development, logistics and interagency coordination for public engagement on the Vision Zero Project. Commun-ET managed all tasks for multiple agency participation, public participation and “pop up” events. Commun-ET also deployed street teams as a useful mechanism to generate awareness, support and promotion of our clients’ key objectives. This tool allowed us to provide innovative strategies for obtaining local data to inform policy, planning, transportation, energy initiatives, etc. Commun-ET utilized digital components, such as handheld iPads, on-line surveys, etc., allowing the public to easily be engaged in our process.

D.C. Streetcar Project


District Department of Transportation

Project Description: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) looks to provide a significant transit system that provides vital connectivity in strategic areas of the city. DC is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. As the population continues to increase, so does the number of people who use public transportation. Local investments in transportation are paying off. The District’s investments are providing more transportation choices across the region–including car and bike sharing–while residents are better utilizing public transportation and walking to work, making DC a more sustainable city.

Study: In 2003, then-Mayor Anthony A. Williams unveiled a draft Strategic Development Plan which proposed redeveloping and revitalizing six blighted areas of the city, including H Street NE and Benning Road.[38] Among the proposals to revitalize H Street was the construction of a streetcar line to downtown D.C. in five to 10 years.[38] On January 20, 2006, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation announced that it would build a $13 million streetcar line on H Street NE, from Union Station to Benning Road and the Minnesota Avenue Metro station as part of its Great Streets initiative,[39][40] on much of the same route established by the Columbia Railway Company in 1870.[41] By 2008, the extension to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station had been dropped.[33] Streetcar tracks were installed on H Street as part of the H Street/Benning Road Great Streets project that was started in December of 2007 and ended on June 30, 2011.

ROLE: Commun-ET principal was a Senior Project Manager for the DC Streetcar Project and oversaw permitting, utility coordination and several aspects of community engagement. The Commun-ET team has been instrumental in critical strategy and implementation efforts during the streetcar project development. As part of a comprehensive communication team focusing on hands-on outreach efforts, the Commun-ET principal managed all tasks dealing with organizing public meetings, documenting stakeholders’ comments, disseminating the DC Streetcar messaging, and responding to stakeholders. Under the Commun-ET principal’s leadership, the community was better informed which translated into a softened stance on more controversial elements of the project, such as the Car Barn Training Center and Maintenance Facility. At the conclusion of the HPRB hearing, DDOT/HDR acknowledged our team for our aggressive efforts in changing stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about the construction project.

Atapco Foreign Trade Zone Project a.k.a. Steeplechase 95


Prince George’s County

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Atapco Foreign Trade Zone Project a.k.a. Steeplechase 95 is a mixed-use business park and retail center located in Capitol Heights, Maryland, directly off of Exit 13 of the Capital Beltway. The property offers all the elements needed to create a large-scale business park development; individual sites that can accommodate buildings from 50,000 to 500,000 square feet, excellent access, visibility and ample amenities.

Purpose: Steeplechase 95 offers a new alternative for major corporate employers looking for distribution, fulfillment, and light manufacturing facilities in the Baltimore-Washington region. The property is the premier business park in Prince George’s County. Since 2004, Atapco has developed this project to provide state of the art, Class-A industrial/flex buildings that incorporates all the elements needed to create a large-scale business park. The building sizes range from 30,000 to 175,000 square feet. The business park also offers excellent access, visibility and ample amenities.

Study: Atapco Properties (Atapco) elected to position the site to accommodate a diverse mix of retail, commercial and light-industrial tenants looking to capitalize on the property’s advantageous location and ample economic incentives. Atapco divided the property into a total of 12 Class A properties capable of hosting buildings between 50,000 square feet and 500,000 square feet, with ample parking space and cargo loading areas buffering each individual development. Atapco supplemented the commercial and industrial spaces with a hospitality development, an eight-site retail pad, and a 26,000-square foot multitenant building, allocated for prime retail and restaurant tenants.

ROLE: Commun-ET principal provided the public outreach regarding the impact on the project for local businesses. Provided several outreach sessions communicating planning designs and community viewpoints regarding public impact of the project. Commun-ET principal was also responsible for drafting MOU language regarding Atapco’s commitment to small business impact and opportunities for local business participation during project design and construction. Commun-ET principal monitored MOU progress, developed key data metrics for project measurement, and developed/hosted several project-based small business forums for key discussions on impact and community relationship




PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Participate in a task force advisory group that could provide insight to MDOT regarding community impact issues, economic development concerns, small business opportunities and workforce investment synergies. MDOT’s overall goal was to look at the Red Line project and Purple Line projects to ensure that they enhance transit connections, support community revitalization and economic development opportunities while providing more reliable east-west transit service and connecting major activity centers.

Purpose: The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines; at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services.

The Purple Line will be light rail and will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast, reliable transit operations. Twenty-one stations are planned.

MTA is taking the lead on this project, with the support and close coordination of a team that includes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, State Highway Administration, and local municipalities in the project area. Benefits

Reliable and rapid east-west travel

Connects to Metrorail Green and Orange lines and both branches of the Red Line

Supports community revitalization and transit-oriented development

Connects people to jobs

Serves major economic centers

Connects to all three MARC lines, Amtrak, and local bus routes

Study: The Purple Line Project is primarily intended to address severe traffic congestion and improve mobility for transit-dependent neighborhoods, providing for an east-west transit option to complement the north-south option currently available through the existing Metrorail system and MARC lines.  The Project is expected to reduce travel times by approximately 40% and eliminate approximately 17,000 auto trips per day.

ROLE: Commun-ET principal helped evaluate existing MDOT policies regarding procurement methods, industry outreach processes and key strategies for small business and workforce participation. Commun-ET principal also reached out to small businesses to obtain feedback regarding procurement, partnering and compliance concerns.

Pennsylvania Avenue Transportation Study – East of the White House


District Department of Transportation


Public Engagement & Interagency Coordination

Project Description: DDOT to analyze traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue, and H and I Streets determine alternatives and priorities for improving traffic flow in this part of downtown. The District Department of Transportation is undertaking a planning study of the western portion of downtown just to the north of the White House. The project will prioritize bus traffic in some areas and adding bicycle infrastructure such as cycle tracks and pedestrian facilities in other places.


Study: Engage the public;

Identify opportunities to improve the urban design, enhance the streetscape, and activate the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle, including the addition of stormwater retention features;

Evaluate alignments for a separated bicycle facility, or cycle track, along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle;

Assess the operational feasibility of a contraflow bus lane on H Street NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue and identify associated necessary operational improvements, including the intersection of H Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; and

Develop conceptual drawings based on technical analysis.


  1. Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
  2. Provide comfortable and abundant pedestrian facilities and crossings
  3. Provide comfortable bicycle facilities for riders of all skill and comfort levels
  4. Provide more reliable corridor travel by transit vehicles and enhance connectivity between transit modes and between transit riders and nearby destinations.
  5. Provide sufficient person throughput on the corridor and surrounding system to satisfy existing and future transportation system needs.
  6. Minimize blockage related to vehicular queues at pedestrian or bicycle connections, intersections, or access locations.
  7. Provide more efficient management of curbside space for transit vehicles, deliveries, loading and unloading, and pick-up and drop-offs.
  8. Ensure compatibility with the corridor’s historical and monumental significance while also recognizing the role of the corridor as a key component of the District’s transportation network.
  9. Develop alternatives that are feasible, implementable, and support the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative.

Palisades Trolley Trail


District Department of Transportation


Permit Consultation & Public Engagement

Study: Review pertinent environmental documentation prepared for the Arizona Ave Pedestrian Bridge, Canal Road Study, and/or Palisades Recreation Center as needed as provided by the CA. Coordinate with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other appropriate agencies to determine National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation requirements for the project. The Consultant shall prepare an Environmental Inventory/NEPA Classification memo report documenting the findings, as well as draft and final DDOT Environmental Form II to gauge likely NEPA documentation requirements and anticipated agency permitting requirements and timelines. [Preparation of NEPA documentation is not required as part of this task; a formal wetlands delineation is not required as a part of this task.] The Consultant shall coordinate the CA in the development of the Environmental Evaluation Memorandum Report.

Scope: The consulting firm, hereinafter referred to as “Consultant”, shall provide for the District of Columbia, Department of Transportation (DDOT), technical work associated with determining the transportation utility of this corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists. The purpose of this project is to identify critical issues and challenges in developing a multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities in the corridor. Currently, the area along the corridor has limited transportation options for walking and biking. The areas adjacent to the corridor have limited access to the Capital Crescent and C&O Canal trails. The corridor also experiences erosion and poor drainage in places.

Commun-ET:  The Consultant shall develop and organize a public participation process that includes members of the public and potential trail users. Develop a strategy and execute a process for sharing concepts, studies, and potential outcomes to stakeholders and members of the public. DDOT is seeking a “best practices” approach for providing information and building consensus with primary stakeholders in a focused and time-effective way. The consultant shall facilitate and document meetings and public events. The consultant shall develop high-quality visual graphics, renderings, photographs, maps, and narrative elements to assist in communicating the project goals.

16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study


District Department of Transportation


Public Engagement & Logistics

Project Description:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is undertaking a planning study of the 16th Street, NW, bus line between H Street and Arkansas Avenue to improve transit performance and reliability. The 16th Street line currently serves more than 20,000 bus riders each weekday, making it one of the highest in the region for ridership; more than half of the people traveling on 16th Street in the peak are bus riders.


However, the line suffers from reliability issues and overcrowding, resulting in bus bunching, pass-bys, and slow travel speeds. Motorists also experience significant queuing during rush hours. In addition, 16th Street often serves as a barrier between neighborhoods. Pedestrian crossings are difficult, especially at several complex intersections, and east-west connectivity is limited for vehicles.

Scope: Improve transit service reliability and travel times by identifying and addressing sources of potential issues (e.g., traffic congestion, signal timing, passenger boarding delays, bus capacity, number and location of bus stops, and/or parking enforcement

Study Area: The Study Area is a 2.7-mile stretch of the 16th Street NW corridor served by the 16th Street Line Metrobuses, as displayed in Figure 1. The Primary Study Area encompasses 16th Street NW between H Street NW and Arkansas Avenue NW. The Secondary Study Area maintains H Street NW as the southern boundary with the northern boundary extending to Taylor Street NW. The eastern boundary of the Secondary Study Area is 14th Street NW and the western boundary generally follows the north-south alignment of 18th Street NW. The Study focuses on the impacts to the Primary Study Area. The Secondary Study Area helps to provide context for the community and transportation network beyond the Primary Study Area


D.C. Multimodal Congestion Management Study


District Department of Transportation


Public Engagement, Data Review, Study Methodology, Communication & Project Management Support


The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) outlines the activities, methods, and tools that the team will use to engage the public and agency stakeholders. The Multimodal Congestion Management Study is a priority effort mandated by the DC City Council and administered by the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), to quantify and communicate the state of congestion among the various travel modes and developing recommendations for managing the congestion. The Congestion Study is in support of the highly successful moveDC, the District’s long-range transportation plan. moveDC outlines a comprehensive 25-year plan to expand transportation options and improving the reliability of all transportation modes. The Congestion Study will provide the data needed to support the moveDC comprehensive plan and provide the residents, businesses, commuters, and elected officials the information needed to make informed transportation decisions.

Project Description: Kittelson and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) both understand that a truly livable city is not one where a single congestion metric tells the whole story. Rather, it is one where the transportation system supply and demand is thoughtfully monitored and managed so that its various modes are part of a flexible, connected, and efficient network of options. The shared goals of Kittelson and DDOT were to define urban multimodal mobility and to communicate the complexities of multimodal data analytics and assessment. Kittelson, in collaboration with DDOT, led the District Mobility Project, a comprehensive assessment of the District’s multimodal transportation system. Kittelson led a multi-talented team in the identification, development, and realization of new, cutting-edge tools for measuring multimodal mobility, visualizing results, and assessing impacts of various forms of mobility in the District. Kittelson directed the analysis and reporting for each of the performance measures, working directly with INRIX and Transit AVL and APC data sets. In addition, the project team leveraged graphic design concepts and web-based tools to develop a dynamic website that stimulates and engage users while telling the multimodal mobility story.

Scope: The Multimodal Congestion Management Study will:

  1. Identify and compile the state-of-the-practice from universities, think tanks, other jurisdictions and agencies through a thorough literature review
  2. Develop and evaluate a multifaceted visualization tool to clearly portray the state of congestion in the District. The data used to support the visualization tool should be continuously updated in order to provide stakeholders with a clear and accurate assessment of the District’s congestion
  3. Cultivate strategies for evaluation of the data, including but limited to infrastructure impacts, capital projects, and operational changes that may effect the multimodal demands on the system
  4. Analyze the impacts of strategies on congestion and understand the relationships between the different modes and how the utilization of one mode may impact congestion and user travel times
  5. Allow DDOT divisions to obtain and analyze critical data regarding system performance
  6. Develop and implement a comprehensive engagement effort that draws on the expertise of technical advisors to provide both subjective and objective information throughout the process. This database will produce a better stakeholder experience for the end user and provide the District with data to verify transportation infrastructure needs and evaluate multimodal system performance.

Study Area: The Multimodal Congestion Management Study, like moveDC, not only encompasses the entire District of Columbia, but assesses all modes of transportation from roadways, Metrorail and bus, bikeshare, DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, to car services like Uber and DC taxicabs.


Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study


District Department of Transportation


Public Engagement & Logistics

Purpose & Need

The District Department of Columbia has very few east-west network connections north of the original L’Enfant street grid. This makes east-west travel to and from neighborhood and activity centers difficult as a limited number of corridors are carrying the majority of the traffic.  DDOT proposes to undertake a comprehensive transportation study that would identify strategies for improving mobility and efficiency for all modes along this crosstown corridor.

The purpose of this project is to identify improvements along this East-West connection, address safety concerns, and optimize mobility and operations, improving the quality of life for residents in the area. The study will lay out the existing challenges and opportunities of the corridor, needs and tradeoffs, and identify projects to move forward to implementation.

At the conclusion of the planning study, recommended projects and preferred alternative concepts will be reviewed by DDOT in order to be advanced into the appropriate environmental analysis and advanced engineering studies. The Contractor will support DDOT in the determination of next steps (initiating advanced engineering studies and environmental documentation) which will be referred to as Phase 2.  Phase 2 will be completed as part of a separate task order.

Project Description: DDOT’s Crosstown Multimodal Study will examine current and future demands and long-term changes to the larger crosstown study area between Brookland and Columbia Heights. The Move DC Plan, which outlines a vision for the long-term transportation network in the District, recommended this study as one of the key near-term actions due to changing land uses and multimodal deficiencies in the area. The purpose of the study is to identify multimodal improvements to the east-west crosstown corridors in the study area.

Study Area: The Study Area is defined as the east-west transportation network between the Columbia Heights and Brookland areas. The boundaries are 16th Street NW to the west and South Dakota Avenue NE to the east, as shown on the map below. The land uses within the Study and Context Area are varied and include large educational and medical institutions, campuses, and dense urban neighborhoods.