The DMV has announced plans to build a $150 million project to connect people in the metro area who can’t get around by foot or car with public transit and other public transportation options.
The $150m project, which will include the construction of a “high-speed bus rapid transit” and a new streetcar, will begin as soon as the state can start receiving bids for the construction and maintenance of the project, said a DMV press release Thursday.
The DMV has been working with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is the agency responsible for operating and maintaining DC’s airports, since September 2017 to secure funding for the project.
The agency has said it expects to complete the work in 2019.
“The new project will expand access to our region’s transit options, while providing more efficient travel and connecting people to local jobs and entertainment,” said DMV spokeswoman Lisa Saffo.
“By connecting more residents to transit, this new high-speed transit line will allow our region to improve its air quality and reduce congestion on the roads and bridges that connect our region.”
The project is one of several DC transportation investments announced in recent weeks by Gov.
Jay Inslee and the state’s Transportation Department.
Inslee, a Democrat, has pledged to build more than $3 billion in transit improvements throughout the state by 2023.