For the past year, 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 find report for the Hyattsville Transportation Plan. 

You can find several documents attached to this forum: the Hyattsville Transportation Plan final report, Appendix A: Existing Conditions Memo, Appendix B: Future Condition Scenarios, Appendix C: Wayfinding Plan, and Appendix D: Planning Level Cost Estimates. 

Toole Design Group will be presenting the Hyattsville Transportation Plan at the October 1 City Council meeting. The report will come back to the City Council for adoption on November 5, 2018. Any comments you have on the report can be submitted on this page for the City Council to take into consideration when the plan comes up for adoption. Comments should be submitted by October 29, 2018 in order to be viewed by the City Council in advance of their November meeting. 

While I generally support most of the proposed projects in the report, there are some important things to consider before giving any one a green light. 1) The residents which each project will affect most should have the heaviest weighted opinions on the subject project. Utilizing the theory of maximum utility should be employed, with due consideration of individual property rights. Tough to balance when NIMBY-ism runs rampant in today’s communities, but nonetheless important. 2) There are numerous projects which appear to overlap in an opposing manner (e.g. converting a street from one-way to two-way, while also making this street a “bike boulevard”. On an already narrow street, these cannot coencide. In addition to this, where will the cars go? In some locations, street parking is already sparse.). 3) The extension of paid parking zones should be limited, as it discourages business patraonization. Time limit parking (with residential zone exceptions to the limit) should be employed near commercial districts in place of paid parking. 4) Consult with emergency services and consider their response vehicle access prior to any road improvement project or change in traffic patterns.

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Gregory Pitman 8 months ago

I've noted several of the same issues. I'm all about improvement but creating through streets connecting Queens Chapel and Rt. 1 through residential areas seems backwards as it increases traffic on neighborhood streets. There are several blind spots on some of the one ways where the only safe way to create a two way street would be to remove street parking which would subsequently take away some homes only parking options as they do not have driveways. Additionally some of those one way roads pass several schools where there is a lot of bus, vehicular, and pedestrian access which would encounter increased through traffic.