DC plan would boost transit, discourage driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft of the District of Columbia's long-range transportation plan favors mass transit and discourages driving.

The Washington Post reports the plan calls for toll lanes at major entry points into the city and efforts to keep vehicles off of congested streets.

The draft MoveDC plan looks ahead to the year 2040. It envisions a broad transit network that includes streetcars, dedicated bus lanes in commuter corridors, expanded Metro service downtown, water taxis and 200 miles of bicycle facilities.

Sam Zimbabwe of the D.C. Department of Transportation says the transportation system will choke if the region continues to grow and does not address vehicular traffic. He says there will be severe problems if nothing is done.

But managing traffic with tolls and HOV lanes is likely to be controversial.


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