LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — As part of its “multimodal long-range transportation plan,” also known as moveDC, the D.C. Department of Transportation has proposed attaching a congestion toll to the busiest of downtown roads.

The “downtown congestion pricing cordon around the Central Employment Area,” as it’s called, “could be implemented for weekday trips into the Central Employment Area at a rate approximately equivalent to a round-trip peak period Metrorail fare.”

The report suggests that revenue from the toll could be directed toward operations and maintenance of the area and “projects that expand the person-moving capacity of the transportation system.”

The toll idea is one of many possible long-term strategies in the report that would affect road traffic in D.C. There are several that would affect pedestrians, cyclists and rail riders, as well.

The report says one of its major considerations is the fact that the District’s population increased by more than 1,100 people per month between 2010 and 2013. District employers also added thousands of jobs during that time period.

And, experts say, the number of people moving or commuting into D.C. is only expected to grow in the coming years.

moveDC’s goals are as follows, according to the report:

  • Achieve 75% of all commute trips in the District by non-auto modes
  • Maximize system reliability and capacity for moving people and goods
  • Support neighborhood vitality and economic development
  • Achieve zero fatalities and serious injuries on the District transportation network
  • Reinforce Washington, D.C.’s historic landscapes and quality of neighborhood public space
  • Maximize reliability for all District transportation infrastructure by investing in maintenance and asset management
  • Invest in transportation to achieve outcomes within the plan horizon

The moveDC report is still just a draft, for now, but public comments on it are being accepted through July 6. To read the full report, click here. To voice your opinion on it, click here.


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