Traffic Study

City-wide Traffic Study & Transportation Plan
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The City of Hyattsville has contracted with Sabra, Wang and Associates to conduct a City-wide Traffic Study.  Their first part of their final report was presented on July 12.  The second half will be presented July 19.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to guide the City in making future decisions about managing and improving the transportation network including roadways, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, transit services and traffic control devices such as stop signs, traffic signals, signs, and traffic calming devices.  The focus of the guidance is in 5 major areas:

  1. Immediate or short-term actions to improve safety and traffic flow
  2. Long-term actions to enhance mobility for all modes of travel that will need to be included in the Capital Improvement Program for detailed design, funding and construction
  3. Coordination with key stakeholders responsible for partnering on long-term improvements such as private developers, the Maryland State  Highway Administration, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation
  4. Identify areas that need further detailed study or concept development (e.g. Safe Routes to School)
  5. Identify areas where policy changes should be considered (e.g. Speed Camera Installation, Transportation Demand Management)

What are the goals of this study?

The goal of the study is to improve transportation in, around and through the City for all modes by reducing congestion, enhancing safety, strengthening connections between modes and reducing impacts on local residential streets. As the traffic study is not intended to fix every traffic problem that may exist in the City, nor is it realistic to restrict development either inside or in surrounding communities, it is intended to provide best current practice in developing multi-modal solutions to manage future traffic demands and improve transportation choices for local residents.

How much data was collected?

Traffic data was collected at over 57 intersections and 20 roadway segments to document existing traffic flow during the weekday commuter peak hours and Saturday peak hour.

What types of analysis were performed?

Analysis included detailed inventory and assessment of roadway physical conditions, capacity of existing intersections, and advanced modeling of the roadway network using state-of-the-art computer software.

How was the public engaged?

Two public meetings were held – the first to review existing conditions in July of 2009 and the second to discuss preliminary recommendations in February of 2010.  Public comments were taken to identify issues such as safety, parking, congestions, traffic calming, pedestrian, bicycle and transit access.   In addition, the City convened stakeholder meetings with the State, County, and developers to discuss key issues.

How can I continue to be involved?

The Mayor and Council will consider the suggestions presented in the Final Report during upcoming Work Sessions and Council Meetings.  Public comment and participation are welcome.  Please check our homepage for a calendar of upcoming meetings.

For more information, please see:

Note: Some files are large and may require a few minutes to download.

Is this the City's first traffic study?

A 1991 study was completed by the University of Maryland extension service.  Their report can be downloaded here.