With the state budget in tatters and commuter levels at record lows, now might hardly seem the right moment for Virginia to embark upon a $1.9 billion rail project. However, the recent conclusion of the Long Bridge Project's environmental impact study has cleared the way for the commonwealth to do just that.

Washington, D.C.'s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Aug. 13 that construction of Car Free Lanes on 7th Street NW and M Street SE will begin Aug. 17, weather permitting. According to DDOT Director Jeff Marootian, the project is part of a year-long effort to improve bus performance and safety throughout the District, thus fulfilling a commitment of D.C.

In the nation's capital, crews are working on the largest infrastructure assignment in District Department of Transportation (DDOT) history. The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project calls for replacing the 68-year-old bridge and reconstructing the Suitland Parkway/I-295 interchange.

Roughly $1.2 million in grants are being made available by the District Department of Transportation through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP, which provides funding to projects considered to be “alternatives” to traditional highway construction.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on a three-year, $441 million project to build a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge to replace the 68-year-old bridge that spans the Anacostia River and has required special repairs and truck traffic restrictions for years.

The Washington, D.C., District Department of Transportation unveiled a “District Mobility” website, and said it was “part of an effort to clearly communicate how the district's transportation system is performing.”Leif Dormsjo, DDOT director, said, “The interactive, data-rich design of District Mobility provides an innovative platform for sharing the state of mobility and DDOT's progress towards reducing congestion on our roads.”“The district has a diverse, multimodal transportation network that serves district residents, regional commuters and tourists from around the world,” said Stephanie Dock, project manager.