In an effort to reduce traffic congestion and promote safety, Washington, D.C., transportation officials are creating dedicated pick-up and drop-off zones for ride-hailing vehicles in five popular areas around the city.
The zones will also be available for use by commercial delivery fleets.
“Our goal with the expansion of this pilot is to reduce conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “By rethinking how we move people and goods between the street and the sidewalk, we can better adapt to a changing transportation landscape and find new ways to work together to meet our Vision Zero goals.”
Vision Zero is government plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024, according to Curbed.
The 24/7 pick-up and drop-off zones will be at the following locations:
- 14th and U Streets, NW: West curbside of the 1900 block 14th Street, NW; East curbside of the 2000 block 14th Street, NW
- Smithsonian National Zoo: East curbside of the 2900 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW
- Maine Avenue, SW (The Wharf): South curbside of the 800 block of Maine, SW
- Georgetown: East curbside of the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
- NoMa/Union Market: West curbside of the 1200 Sixth St., NE
By creating dedicated loading zones for delivery fleets and ride-hailing services, the D.C. Department of Transportation is hoping to streamline pick-ups and drop-offs, mitigate traffic, and keep pedestrians safe.
The zones will operate as a pilot program after a 30-day public comment period.
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