ANC 6B’s September Transpiration Committee meeting only had two items on the agenda. One, a public space request by Academy Bus LLC for an intercity bus stop located in the 700 block of D St SE. The other, discussion about potential comments on draft guidelines on placement of small wireless antennas on light poles from the Office of the Chief Technology Office.
Item 1: Eastern Market Intercity Bus Stop
The operators of Go Bus made a brief presentation on their company and business model ending with their proposal to add a stop at Eastern Market for their DC-to-New York service. Adding service would require a year long public space occupancy permit of four parking space for the exclusive use of the operator.
The initial proposal was for a stop on the 700 block of D Street SE (red box in map above). That proposal was rejected out of hand by commissioners before the meeting and the applicant quickly sought a different location. After discussing with DDOT, they proposed the four sports at the end of the south side of the 600 block of Pennsylvania (green box). The commissioner of the area, James Loots, discussed some of the shortcomings with that location. The loss of parking spots, effects on the existing street vendor, and potential for double parking (most double parking in that block occurs mid block, this would be at the corner and more dangerous for pedestrians crossing and making right turns southbound on 7th) were all sticking points.
Instead of supporting a permit for the proposed curbsides, the committee suggested the applicant work with DDOT to move the stop to one or both of the mirrored triangle parks at 8th street (yellow and purple boxes). Both spots have concrete pads from bus service that doesn’t run anymore. Both spots aren’t or shouldn’t be used for parking now. Both spots are near existing business that would likely welcome stops before/after a bus trip. Both spots have congregation areas outside of the sidewalk. If there are no safety issues for turns from D street onto Pennsylvania, these curbs are undoubtedly the best place for an intercity bus stop and I would enthusiastically support a permit.
There’s was a short discussion on the need for a stop in the first place. I generally support the idea of an intercity bus stop at Eastern Market, with the regulations DDOT is imposing. The spots are reserved for one operator (so we won’t be seeing a number of other companies using the spot). The operator is not going to use the spot as a layover and expects to be there for 10 minutes of less a few times per day (currently they’re running three buses per day, but that could obliviously increase with demand). And the permit lasts only a year before coming back before the ANC for renewal.
I believe having a stop is a good thing for the neighborhood and I would enthusiastically vote for supporting a spot in the purple or yellow boxes in the map.
Item 2: Draft Guidelines on Small Cells
This discussion was dominated by those with technical knowledge of the antennas and cellular technology. In the end I voted with the consensus to support the guidelines allowing small wireless antennas to be place on telephone and traffic signal poles.