Planning for Transportation Solutions

Improving access to and around campus

As part of the master planning process, Georgetown is planning for transportation investments that will improve access to and around campus and make the Main Campus more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. These are key planning principles that guide projects and planning for the future of our campus.

To accomplish this, the university has contracted with Wells and Associates, a leading transportation consultant, to conduct a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) comprehensive survey. Georgetown is also working with local and regional stakeholders to explore alternative transportation options for campus, including an aerial gondola, streetcar, and Metro. 

TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT (TDM)

Wells and Associates, the university's transportation consultant, is developing a TDM comprehensive study for the university and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. TDM is a tool to reduce traffic congestion, parking demand, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). TDM strategies can also improve air quality, influence more sustainable travel behavior, and improve transportation modes. Wells and Associates, together with Planning and Facilities Management, has identified key stakeholders that represent constituencies across the campus and community to develop this comprehensive plan.

Additionally, the university opens up a commuter survey each year for faculty, staff, students, neighbors, and visitors to share their travel patterns to campus. These data help inform the development of the TDM plan. Read more about the 2013 survey and the 2014 survey.

GUTS BUSES and the McDONOUGH BUS TURNAROUND

In Spring 2015, a new fleet of GUTS buses began service. These new buses feature a new graphic design, better route signage, more sustainable fuel sources, bike racks, and rear, front, and side cameras. The university also created a new stop to the Law Center route at the House of Representatives to allow easier access to Capitol Hill. 

In Fall 2013 the university explored several options for a campus bus loop for GUTS buses and shared those ideas at Planning 201. After evaluating each option and working with stakeholders, including Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, the university developed plans for a bus turnaround in the McDonough parking lot.

The project will feature new bus shelters for the Rosslyn, Dupont, Law Center, and Arlington GUTS routes, and those routes will enter and exit campus via Canal Road. The Wisconsin Avenue stop and route will not change and will continue to use Reservoir Road. The project will also extend Library Walk; create a new pedestrian plaza with a Jack the Bulldog statue; include a rain garden; feature new benches and lighting; and create a more welcoming entrance to campus at Canal Road. The turnaround will still allow for tent space outside McDonough for university events.

Construction of the bus turnaround will begin in March 2015 and be completed in October 2015. See below for some concept images for the project.


Site plan concept for McDonough Bus Turnaround


Library Walk concept facing west


Pedestrian plaza concept facing McDonough


Bus shelter concept

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

Georgetown University was a stakeholder in the Georgetown Business Improvement District's (BID) 15-year strategic planning process, Georgetown 2028, which focused on the future of transportation, public space, and economic development in Georgetown. The university is exploring three major transportation projects from that process that could have significant benefits: an aerial gondola connecting Georgetown with Rosslyn, extension of the DC streetcar to the university, and a Metro station in Georgetown. While some of these projects are long-term investments, the university will incorporate planning for them in our master plan.

Aerial Gondola
The university continues to work with the BID and other stakeholders to explore the feasibility of an aerial gondola over the Potomac River connecting Georgetown and Rosslyn.

Streetcar
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is currently planning a streetcar line from Union Station to Georgetown, ending at K Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. The university is participating in the analysis and study of that line and advocating for an extension of the streetcar to the university and dedicated streetcar tracks along the route to ensure fast, reliable service.

Metro
Momentum 2040, WMATA's plan for the future of the Metro system in 2040, includes a metro station in Georgetown along a new Blue Line, separated from the Orange Line at Rosslyn. Georgetown University supports the Momentum plan and believes a metro station in Georgetown would substantially improve transportation to the university.