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The Wharf- DC Multimodal Transportation


The Wharf, D.C., DC, USA

Project Overview
Project Name: The Wharf- DC Multimodal Transportation
Date Completed: 2017
Location: United StatesWashington, District of Columbia,
Project Status: Complete
Project Type: Transportation
Project Subtype: RoadwaySubwayPedestrian WalkwayBike Path
Official Website: DC Wharf
Description of Location: The Wharf is a newly renovated area of Washington DC's Southwest Waterfront.

Project Tags: Transportation DC Wharf

Project Team

Disciplines That Worked on Project

Civil Engineer: Transportation (Traffic)Civil Engineer: Transportation (Planning/Multimodal)

Project Details
About this project
The Wharf is a project that aims to bring more people to the Southwest Waterfront area of Washington DC than ever before. With more visitors and residents added to the area, transportation had to be updated in order to accommodate for all of those people. The site was designed to be highly walkable, with easy access to public transportation.
Transportation options available at The Wharf include: bicycle lanes/parking, Capital Bikeshare Stations, Metrobus, Metrorail, a shuttle to a nearby Metrorail station (L’Enfant Plaza), walking lanes/sidewalks, boats, carsharing, and parking.
In order to accommodate visitors, the bike lanes/parking, Capital Bikeshare, and a new parking facility were built so that visitors have access to these modes of transportation. As for those visitors who prefer to take the city’s metrorail system, Benjamin Banneker Park was updated to provide a safe and more convenient walkway from The Wharf to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.
Who benefits from this project, and how?
Anyone who visits The Wharf benefits from the wide variety of transportation options available to them.
Environmental considerations
WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) makes a consistent effort to decrease the amount of carbon emissions in the Washington DC Area by encouraging people to use public transit.(source:https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/sustainability/upload/Sustainability-Report-2018-v4-12-2019-final-posted.pdf)
Also, there is increased service on the Metro’s Yellow line, which serves L’Enfant Plaza (one of the closest stations to The Wharf). This allows visitors from the newly serviced areas to visit The Wharf with ease. (source: https://www.wmata.com/service/status/details/metro-changes-2019.cfm)
The Bike Lanes are quite large compared to others one may find around Washington DC. This coupled with the bike parking and 2 Capital Bikeshare stations make the area friendly to cyclists.
What's unique about this project?
The Wharf has placed an emphasis on visitors using public transportation and encourages visitors to walk/bike to The Wharf by making it easily accessible by these methods of transportation.
The Wharf has two boat services for visitors to use. The first is a water taxi service available that connects various other waterfront attractions in the Washington DC area including: Georgetown, National Harbor, and Old Town Alexandria. The second is a jitney that runs between The Wharf and East Potomac Park. The jitney service is unique because it is the only way to access East Potomac Park via boat.

Funding & Costs
Funding source: PublicPrivate
Funding notes: The project is part of The Wharf public-private partnership. (source: https://www.wharfdc.com/building-our-community/spearheading-public-private-partnership). More information about the funding of the entire project can be found here: https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/09/the-wharf-is-now-fully-financed-heres-how-much.html

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