Let's Create the City of Hyattsville Circulator-Connector Shuttle
Lets work on replacing the inherently small crape myrtle trees along the north face of Hamilton Street (W. Hyattsville's Main St) and install native seasonal canopy trees (ie. Acer rubrum / Red Maple) along the north and south sides (and median if needed) to enhance the streetscape appeal. Its a very low-cost task with a positive return.
This has caused the residents in the avondale neighborhood to have to hear early morning construction starting at 6am every morning. Also the natural tree line has been eliminated and all the traffic noise from queens chapel can be heard throughout the neighborhood. The apartment community should be required to put a fence up to create a noise barrier between the neighborhood and the construction site. If this is not done people will move out of hyattsville.
I'm afraid our council members have expressed that they are not interested in pursuing the Circulator idea. As a result, any visitor or resident will have to navigate the four or five routes that, in pieces and with a Minimum of 25-min wait time, get riders to-and-from our major destinations and metro stations. In addition, all systems barely provide service during the weekends. Those that do have a 1-hour waiting time between pick-ups. Just add this weather and the lack of attraction compounds.
This makes no sense and demonstrates a lack of vision and constructive thinking from our leaders. With constructive negotiations and stronger thought-leadership, we can definitely have a single system connect us to neighboring communities. A key ingredient to growing our attractiveness in the DC region is access and circulation-which we are not currently efficient at providing. Just ask any one of us who actually ride in our bus networks. Proper infrastructure drives attractiveness.
Please really “Speak-Up” and contact the council members with me to voice your concerns.
The intersection of Queens Chapel and Nicholson is a nightmare for drivers and pedestrians. Confusion causes dangerous and costly accidents as well as congestion on both roads. A traffic light is necessary to organize the volume of traffic at this intersection and make it safe for everyone.
I would like to see a traffic study conducted at the intersection of 410 (E-W Highway) and Queens Chapel. Cars that are driving west on 410 (E-W Highway) and that are turning right (north) onto Queens Chapel Road have a "no turn on red" sign, yet this sign is very seldom obeyed. When pedestrians are crossing 410 (I do this daily), cars are often continuing to make a right turn on red while pedestrians are in the crosswalk. I would like to propose that we conduct a traffic study to get this documented and evaluate options to make the intersection safer for pedestrians. One idea would be to Install a red arrow light to better communicate "no right turn" for traffic driving west on 410 and turning right onto Queens Chapel northbound. I also wonder if the "No turn on red" sign is placed visibly enough. When the sun is setting at the end of the day, visibility is compromised and the sign is harder to see. Thank you!
I would like to see a crosswalk or traffic light at Lancer Drive and Ager Road! People cross there to get to the West Hyattsville Metro Station and the cars hardly ever stop for people to cross the street.
Earlier this year, our Mayor and City Council sent Senators Cardin, Mikulski and the USPS a letter that read: "The City of Hyattsville requests your assistance reducing the geographical area that is considered 'Hyattsville' by the United States Postal Service. As you are aware, the Hyattsville postal code is far larger than our incorporated municipality. While this may seem innocuous, it causes great frustration among residents and non-residents and confusion among news media. Below are two examples of how the current situation is problematic. When crime occurs within the postal code, many media report it as occurring in Hyattsville, regardless of the many times we have corrected local outlets. The outcome is that our City's reputation and property values suffer, and our residents become exasperated. Additionally, when residents of the greater area seek government services- for example, snow plowing during and after the recent blizzard- they often write and call us with requests. When we explain that they do not live within our jurisdiction, the result is often further vexation with government bureaucracy failing to be clear and meet the public's needs. We are and will continue to be excellent partners with our neighboring cities and towns in Prince George's County. However, we need your help to remove what have become barriers to optimal governance for the constituents across our region and economic growth in the City of Hyattsville. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide. It is greatly appreciated." We hereby join our voices to those of our Mayor and City Council and ask that you help us by working together to identify a solution to our concerns." Please sign this petition to encourage this important change to be officially made.
The Arts District lacks a unified vibe. The are's brand as an artsy and local destination would benefit greatly from encouraging more art gallery businesses and art events on a weekly basis. The annual festival does not resonate for long, and there are no notices of art events that are accessible by bike or walking. We should encourage a more cohesive and unified area within the district for artists to showcase their work and promote it through events. Also consider programming art walks that showcase artists along an engaging and interactive walk for visitors and locals.