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Since the fall, the City has been working with Toole Design Group on a citywide Transportation Plan. After months of public data collecting, Toole has released a draft of the recommendations they are suggesting for the Hyattsville Transportation Plan. Two documents are attached to this forum: a document outlining proposed changes to the existing transportation network, and a map of the City showing where each of the proposed projects takes place.

**NOTE**  These recommendations are still in the draft stage and this is not the final Hyattsville Transportation Plan. It is likely that language in the draft may get added, removed or otherwise edited through this review process. 

Do you like some of the listed recommendations? Do you think we've missed something? Let us know by commenting in the box above.

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Attachment: Document - Draft Recommendations

Attachment: Document - Map of Recommended Projects

Attachment: Document - Community Meeting Presentation

    Is it possible to consider a traffic study for 40th Place/Hamilton between Rhode Island Avenue and 38th? Perhaps consider turning this into a one way stretch or at least part of it? People use this as a thoroughfare between the metro and RI Ave, running stop signs and speeding and passing cars illegally, which is a hazard to pets and children using the sidewalks.

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    I have lived on 43rd Avenue for over 30 years. I would like to share some of the history of the current traffic patterns. Years ago (to accommodate a councilman who lived on 42nd Place) the city closed Queensbury Road at 43rd Avenue during rush hour to keep traffic off 42nd Place and force it up 43rd Avenue. This solution was widely debated and controversial at the time. 42nd Street, a block west of 42nd Place, is wide enough to handle two-way traffic. The current proposal would add even more traffic to this part of the quiet neighborhood, strip the privacy off of five houses, demolish a garage, take over property that is currently used and well-maintained, and eliminate a critical part of the middle school playing field. Instead, traffic should be correctly and sensibly encouraged to drive on Queensbury to 42nd Street as city planners originally intended. Neither Oliver Street nor 43rd Avenue are wide enough for parking plus two lanes of traffic. Traffic should be routed around these narrow roads. The alley should be closed – as was done in Riverdale. This would deter two-way traffic from driving on one-lane residential streets and encourage the use of arteries built for through-traffic. I cannot imagine that any of the people who live on the 10 affected blocks would welcome these widened streets and additional traffic where children are playing and learning to cross roads.

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    It is hard to imagine how a connection between 39th Avenue and Nicholson Street will help the neighborhood. The loss of large trees and a safe children's play space would greatly outweigh anything gained by having another through street. The culdesac at the corner of 39th and Madison provides a safe, flat area for children to bike and skate. My daughter learned to ride her bike there because 39th Avenue and the connecting blocks at the top of the hill are all too steep for a young bike rider. In addition, even though the city treats the streets, they become treacherous for drivers in the winter. More than once, we have witnessed cars struggling to get up 39th Avenue on a snowy or icy day. Adding more drivers cutting through the neighborhood on the 39th Avenue will only increase the problem of unsafe streets, especially in winter weather, and the loss of trees and recreation space would harm the character of this corner of the city.

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    First off, thank you for extending the deadline to provide comments, I am grateful to have the opportunity to provide my feedback on this plan. One the whole, I want to commend the city for this plan and for their outreach efforts. I would also like to provide a few specific comments.

    I am glad the city is interested in improving traffic signal access across town, particularly building one at Queens Chapel Road and Nicholson Street. Queens Chapel feels particularly treacherous as a pedestrian and it will be nice to not have to walk south a bit to head towards the Arts District.

    In the public presentation that accompanied the report, there was an analysis on all of the sidewalk gaps around town, while the report itself mentioned a list of priority sidewalk construction sites. Does the city plan to create sidewalks across town - and for example considering fixing the sidewalk near Route 1 and Hamilton Street where pedestrians need to walk into the street to get by?

    Lastly, the plan states there is a goal to prioritize "active transportation for shorter trips an access to rapid transit for longer trips." I know there are a lot of mass transit options to get in/around the area (DC metrorail and bus, The Bus, and the new UMD shuttle). What is often unclear is how these transit options relate to each other and which options are best to get to different parts of town. It would be helpful if the city could create a comprehensive repository of these options (like say a map that overlays all of the different options or an app like the WMATA RideGuide that would give you the best mass transit option depending on where you going/coming from.)

    This would create higher through traffic on a street not designed for this volume.

    Other than morning rush hour (due to one way traffic in alley and on Queensbury Road, there is no real traffic problem. NS-6 would require taking property from private citizens. it would also increase traffic for those citizens. Don't do it.

    Carolyn Miller over 1 year ago

    a roundabout is a perfect solution.

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    If the City accepts this plan with the NS6 (continuation of Oliver Street) it will require the City or developer to take my driveway and garage and part of my neighbors yard. Immediately our property values will go down as with the mere inclusion of this in the plan we will be required to inform any potential buyers of this. Hoping the council will ask the company providing the proposal to rethink this area.

    i have several concerns. 1. Using Jefferson as a bike boulevard: Jefferson has steep hills, speed bumps, parked cars, many stop signs, and lots of traffic. this is NOT where cyclists want to be. i use hamilton and gallatin (yes, the wrong way) for these purposes. Gallatin St two way traffic--even though i often ride my bike the wrong way here, i question whether two way auto traffic is a good idea. there is TONS of school drop off traffic and bus traffic on this road; both directions seems chaotic. thanks.

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment! There are many great ideas here. Like others, I'm concerned about the proposal to add a new street between 39th Avenue and Madison Street. Many of us can attest to those small pockets of space in the Hyattsville area that contribute to a sense of community. I've lived on 39th Avenue for 14 years and the circle at the end 39th Avenue and Madison Street is one of these spaces. Many young children reside on 39th Avenue and Madison, and pedestrian safety is already a concern. Children on these streets and from other parts of the neighborhood like to use the circle and the hill at the end of 39th Avenue to ride their bikes, skateboard and scooter. There are no parks in this pocket of the community, and children use the circle and street as a relatively safe outdoor space. That said, commuters use the street as a cut-through at times, and I believe that the posted speed limit is too high and drivers are exceeding the speed limit. I've considered approaching the City about adding a traffic calming device to make the street safer for kids. I appreciate that the City and Toole are trying to implement plans to better to connect the Hyattsville community, but I'm not sure that Toole is aware of the pedestrian safety issues and how the community presently uses the space. Another reason I oppose this idea is that I can't figure out what traffic concern Toole or the City is attempting to address. I haven't personally observed a traffic backup on 40th Avenue between Nicholson and Jefferson Street. When I look at the attached map, it appears that Toole might be viewing this street addition as a way to off-load commuter traffic on Queens Chapel Road for commuters driving from areas north of Hyattsville into DC. Whether or not this is the intention, it's clear that this will happen and I can imagine that apps like Waze will redirect traffic onto our street. It's completely inappropriate to use a small neighborhood street to resolve state highway traffic congestion. It also doesn't serve the City's stated goals. I would rather see a bike or walking path connecting the streets. That might be useful to Hyattsville residents. Finally, although I don't claim to know the easements between 39th Avenue and Nicholson, I will separately object to this plan or similar ones if it involves proposals for eminent domain. ×