D.C. Act 23-331. Connected Transportation Network Emergency Act of 2020.

D.C. Act 23-331. Connected Transportation Network Emergency Act of 2020.

AN ACT

To require, on an emergency basis, that the District Department of Transportation publish a report identifying modifications to roadways in each ward that will create space for uses other than for motorized vehicles and to set a timeline for implementation.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Connected Transportation Network Emergency Act of 2020".

Note § 50-921.04

Sec. 2. Connected transportation network.

(a) Within 28 days after the effective date of this act, the District Department of Transportation ("DDOT") shall publish a report identifying modifications to at least 20 miles of streets in the District, including streets in all 8 wards, that will allow, in the roadway, uses other than for motorized vehicles, such as for bicycles. The streets identified pursuant to this subsection shall, to the greatest extent possible, be connected to each other, creating a network of lanes or safe traveling spaces.

(b) The modifications identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be one of, or a combination of, the following:

(1) Closure of a street to through traffic;

(2) Creation of a protected bicycle lane; or

(3) Reduction of travel lanes to expand public space.

(c)(1) By September 1, 2020, DDOT shall implement at least 20 miles of the modifications identified in the report required by subsection (a) of this section; except, that no modifications shall be implemented in Ward 8.

(2) By October 15, 2020, DDOT shall amend the report required by subsection (a) of this section, to include at least 5 additional miles of modifications.

(3) By November 1, 2020, DDOT shall have implemented at least another 5 miles of modifications identified in the report required by subsection (a) of this section; except, that no modifications shall be implemented in Ward 8.

(d) Modifications made pursuant to this section shall remain in place until at least 270 days following the expiration of a public health emergency declared pursuant to section 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective October 17, 2002 (D.C. Law 14-194; D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01), or at such time as the Mayor declares the District to be in phase 4 of reopening as described in the ReOpen DC Advisory Group Recommendations to the Mayor, whichever is later.

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.12(a)).