Winstanley Architects and Planners is pleased to announce that the Potomac River Water Transportation Framework Plan has received an AIA Award of Excellence in Transportation and Infrastructure from the Northern Virginia Chapter.
The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan outlines a water-based transportation network on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia fully integrated with existing land-based transportation for commuters, tourists and the federal government. There are 14 tourist stops, including the National Mall, National Stadium, Georgetown, and Mount Vernon. It is approximately a 20-minute ride from National Harbor to Mount Vernon and a 15-minute ride from Old Town to the National Mall. There are 7 defense stops, including Quantico, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and the Pentagon. Water based transportation can be used for evacuations during an emergency, moving troops and equipment between bases.
The plan includes intermodal connections to the existing land based public transportation system. With the growing congestion on the highways, the necessity of traveling from places south in Virginia into the District is an onerous task for daily commuters. Additionally, for those who need to travel from parts of Maryland to places in Virginia, water transportation offers a low-cost, environmentally friendly option for alleviating commuter demands.