About the Study


The study area is in DC’s northwest quadrant and is bound by Massachusetts Avenue, Whitehaven Street, Whitehaven Parkway, Archbold Parkway, Foundry Branch Valley Park, the Potomac River, and the DC/Maryland border. 


The District Department of Transportation is undertaking the Rock Creek Far West Livability Study to evaluate the transportation network in the study area from a system perspective and look for opportunities for a safer and more accessible multimodal network. DDOT will work with members of the community and key stakeholders to identify specific opportunities to improve accommodations for people walking, biking, riding the bus, and driving. At the end of the study, DDOT will provide recommendations addressing such issues as:

  • Enhancing transportation safety,
  • Improving pedestrian crossings and sidewalks,
  • Improving the bicycle network,
  • Making intersections safer,
  • Improving driver signage, 
  • Making bus stops more accessible, and
  • Incorporating milestones consistent with Vision Zero.


The study process steps are:

  • Gather information and existing conditions
  • Public Workshop #1 / Develop & screen potential concepts
  • Public Workshop #2 / Evaluate concepts & draft recommendations
  • Public Workshop #3 / Final recommendations
  • Pop-up demonstrations scheduled during popular community events

Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of the Rock Creek Far West Livability Study is to identify opportunities for safer travel for residents of and visitors to the study area, and to improve the transportation network, regardless of how you get around. 

The primary objectives of the study are as follows:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to traffic calming and operational improvements for all users living in and visiting the area
  • Identify specific issues that impact safety and comfort of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists, while also accommodating freight and delivery needs
  • Design cost-effective and measurable system improvements that benefit all users
  • Emphasize safety and access improvements around neighborhood facilities including but not limited to: schools, parks, recreation centers, transit stops, and other key community facilities
  • Enhance comfort and livability for residents and visitors to the project area