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.

There's a lot of great ideas in the priority list. I avidly support making Hyattsville a safe and comfortable place to walk and bicycle. The proposal to transform Hamilton seems particularly good. However I didn't see any documentation about the need to connect 39th Street and Madison to Nicholson Street. The traffic signal at Queen's Chapel and Nicholson will likely create back up traffic on Nicholson. Any increase in traffic on Nicholson would negatively impact the Bicycle Boulevard proposal. Connecting another road there doesn't seem like a great idea. If a road-size outlet is in demand from 39th and Madison, it would make more sense and be shorter to connect through the existing driveway at Independence Court across from Manorwood. There is room for pedestrian / bicycle trail access if that was the need. I don't like the idea of taking someone's home for a road. It's not that far from 39th and Madison to Longfellow which connects to Queen's Chapel. There is redevelopment planned for Sacred Heart at the end of 38th Street which could incorporate a new connection to Queen's Chapel as well.

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Paul Steinkoenig 4 months ago

Bad idea to extend 39th street between Madison and Nicholson!! Traffic flow on Nicholson is already a problem. The street is narrow and was not intended for heavy traffic. The Nicholson Neighbors Watch Group (composed of the people of 54 homes on Nicholson between Queens Chapel and 40th Street) and I have lobbied hard to get the traffic signal at corner of Nicholson and Queens Chapel. We pushed for the signal to improve safety on our small street. We have been told that we will soon get a traffic light at the intersection--now only to hear that more traffic may be dumped onto our street. Not a good plan! Please consider opening up Madison directly to Queens Chapel instead if there is a need to improve traffic flow on Madison. Cutting through the Independence Court property near the bus stop on Queens Chapel would be a much better solution for traffic flow and safety. There are many accidents at Queens Chapel and Nicholson every year--more like accidents every month. My wife and I have lived in our home near the busy intersection for 6 years. Our parked cars have been hit 4 times in that period sitting on Nicholson Street in front of our home. Our neighbor's cars have been hit 5 times as well. This is due to the heavy traffic that moves too fast from Queens Chapel onto our small street. Please do not increase the volume of traffic on Nicholson Street!

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Carollynn Swol 5 months ago

I second Robert's quote from above, "I don't like the idea of taking someone's home for a road. It's not that far from 39th and Madison to Longfellow which connects to Queen's Chapel. There is redevelopment planned for Sacred Heart at the end of 38th Street which could incorporate a new connection to Queen's Chapel as well."

There is logical growth and there is growth for growths sake and taking resident homes to build roads and potential future townhouses is unfair to current residents. I do not support this aspect of the transportation plan. Nicholson is already a higher traffic through street and traffic shenanigans abound

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Laura Usher 4 months ago

like others have said, I'm concerned about connecting Madison to Nicholson. Madison has a lovely cul-de-sac feel at the top of the street at the intersection with 39th And this could only worsen traffic on Nicholson. Nicholson already has people driving too fast, and the parking area is too narrow. I also don't understand how a connecting street would be created without destroying personal property/homes.

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Jennifer Bangoura, Career Services Specialist 4 months ago

I echo the concerns listed here about the connector street. I look forward to a better flow of traffic throughout the city, but not with a street being added through at the top of Nicholson.

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We have lived on Nicholson Street since 1979 and understand that Hyattsville requires a thoughtful, strategic Comprehensive Plan, including long range plans for land use, transportation, social and economic development. The plan developed by Toole can become the framework to help city officials, staff and citizens make decisions regarding the intensity of growth and the anticipation of new streets, etc. There are already existing streets in Hyattsville that end, or could be modified to end, at Queens Chapel. The suggestion that 39th street be extended to merge with Nicholson is a terrible idea, and most of the reasons have been well stated in the comments above. It’s been shown that when “traffic volumes increase beyond what is considered normal by local residents, or vehicle speeds increase because of street design, social street activities are greatly reduced, and the feeling of well being in the affected neighborhood is threatened.” Among the standard principles used by City Planners to relieve excessive traffic is “…to ensure there is a minimum number of intersections.” Funneling 39th onto Nicholson will create more traffic and back-ups especially at the top of our street, especially when cars on both streets would have to wait for a light. I can only imagine how difficult backing out of our driveways would be in the morning and late afternoon. Along with the other neighbors who have made comments regarding this issue, we respectfully request that the proposal to extend 39th to Nicholson be taken out of the Transportation Plan and removed from the map.

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Lina Parikh 4 months ago

I echo the concerns listed here about the MADISON-NICHOLSON connector street. Yes to better traffic flow, but cut a road right through someone's house lawn?? bad idea. Also, any more traffic on Nicholson will make the upcoming situation MUCH worse. Plus, i highly doubt anyone on quiet Madison wants a bunch of traffic going right thru their lovely neighborhood.

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Nicole Boehner 4 months ago

It appears that the recommendation to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed road is rather premature. As I understand it from attending a neighborhood meeting, this proposed road is in anticipation of redevelopment of the large parcels of land on Queen's Chapel (Sacred Heart and Independence). As currently drawn on the map, the new road would go through my back lawn. Adding in a road from 39th to Nicholson makes absolutely no sense, especially considering the volume of traffic on Nicholson and the fact that a traffic signal is set to be put in this year at Nicholson and Queen's Chapel. If those large parcels of land are purchased and redeveloped in the future, any required road should go through their property and not the neighbors (such as myself!). While I appreciate that this feasibility study is not among the top ten priority projects, I believe it can be dropped altogether from the plan since a new road is not feasible on its face. No study needed! I would also recommend that when these plans are written that they be more clear so as not to cause panic by those potentially affected.

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