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  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.01​​​: Establishment
    • Pursuant to § 1-204.04(b), the Council establishes the District Department of Transportation ("DDOT") as an agency within the executive branch of the government of the District of Columbia to improve the District's economic competitiveness and quality of life by planning, coordinating, and operating the transportation system, including the DC Circulator pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter and the DC Streetcar, and managing and maintaining the transportation infrastructure, to ensure the safe, efficient movement of people, goods and information along public rights-of-way.​
  • ​​DC Code ​​50-921.02: Director​​ ​
    • (a) The DDOT shall be headed by a Director. The Director shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council pursuant to § 1-523.01(a).
    • (b) The Director shall have authority over DDOT, its functions and personnel, including the power to re-delegate to employees authority as, in the judgment of the Director, is warranted in the interests of efficiency and sound administration.
    • (c)
      • 1) The Director may issue grants not to exceed $ 1 million per grant to achieve the District's transportation goals, including safety objectives.
      • (2) No later than December 31 of each year, the Mayor shall submit to the Council an annual report specifying for each grant awarded by the District Department of Transportation in the prior fiscal year the following information:
        • ​(A) The name of the recipient;
        • (B) The amount awarded;
        • (C) The purpose for the grant awarded;
        • (D) A description of outcomes to be achieved with the funds of the grant; and
        • (E) An evaluation of whether the identified outcomes have been achieved with the grant.
      • (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Director may issue sole source subgrants in excess of $ 1 million to the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation for the purpose of improving Union Station; provided, that the grants are federal grants and that the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation provides any necessary match.
    • (d)
      • (1) The Director may enter into agreements with community-based organizations to support community-based transportation enhancement activities that are funded and approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
      • (2) An agreement made pursuant to this subsection shall constitute an agreement making or receiving grants-in-aid and shall be exempt from Chapter 3A of Title 2, in accordance with § 2-351.05(c)(12).
      • (3) The Director shall submit to the Council on an annual basis a report detailing such grants and agreements.
    • (e)
      • (1) The Director shall not spend directly from capital projects created in fiscal year 2012 or later that are funded through the District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund established under § 9-111.01.
      • (2) The Director may submit requests to the Office of Budget and Planning of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer ("OBP") to allocate funds for the Related Projects of each capital project created in fiscal year 2012 or later funded from the District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund. The Director, following allocation of funds by OBP to Related Projects, shall have the authority to obligate and spend the funds.
    • (f) The Director may:
      • (1) Enter into agreements with private nonprofit organizations to provide those nonprofit organizations vehicles to transport elderly residents and residents with disabilities pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 5310 (the "5310 Program");
      • (2) Provide an application for the 5310 Program each year, solicit applicants to apply, and administer a selection process to identify which eligible applicants may participate;
      • (3) Enter into agreements with the nonprofit organizations that are selected to receive vehicles to ensure they use the vehicles as prescribed by the 5310 Program guidelines and regulations enacted pursuant to this subsection, including the requirement that the vehicle recipient deposit matching funds into the District Department of Transportation Enterprise Fund for Transportation Initiatives;
      • (4) Enter into contracts with third parties for the procurement and maintenance of eligible vehicles to be used by the nonprofit organizations selected by the Director; and
      • (5) Promulgate, amend, or repeal rules to implement the provisions of this subsection, pursuant to the Mayor's authority under subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.].
    • (g)
      • (1) The Director may enter into agreements with jurisdictions in the Washington metropolitan area ("regional jurisdictions") to plan, fund, design, construct, and otherwise carry out transportation projects.
      • (2) DDOT may receive funds from and disperse funds to regional jurisdictions for the purposes of planning, funding, designing, constructing, and otherwise carrying out the transportation projects.
      • (3) DDOT may take other appropriate actions to plan, fund, design, construct, and otherwise carry out the transportation projects, including performing work, including construction work, in regional jurisdictions.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.03​​​: Organization
    • ​​​​​There is hereby established within DDOT the following offices and divisions:
      • (1)  The Office of the Director, consisting of the Offices of Human Resources and Legal Affairs with subordinate staff responsible for:
        • (A) Technology and information services;
        • (B) Contracting and procurement; and
        • (C) Budget and financial services;
      • (2) The Infrastructure Project Management Administration, with the following subordinate staff offices:​
        • (A) Project Management, to coordinate and manage:
          • (i) Design and engineering; and
          • (ii) Street and bridge construction project management;
        • (B) Quality Control and Quality Assurance, to coordinate:
          • (i) Material inspection;
          • (ii) Material testing; and
          • (iii) Project materials specification review;
        • (C) Project Management Support, to coordinate and manage:
          • ​(i) Construction project review and coordination;
          • (ii) Construction contract execution;
          • (iii) Design and engineering support; and
          • (iv) Street and bridge construction support; and​
        • ​(D) Asset Management;
      • (3) The Transportation Policy and Planning Administration, with the following coordinate subordinate staff offices:
        • (A) Internodal Planning;
        • (B) Financial Planning and Management;
        • (C) Project Identification and Development;
        • (D) Transportation System Data Management;
        • (E) State Transportation Environmental Compliance; and
        • (F) Mass Transit Policy, with functions to include supporting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ("WMATA") Board members and acting as a liaison between WMATA and the District government including on matters involving;
          • (i) Alternative transportation; and
          • (ii) School transit subsidy;
      • (4) The Traffic Services Administration and the Office of Traffic Signal Systems to coordinate and manage:
        • (A) Traffic operations and safety;
        • (B) Intelligent transportation systems;
        • (C) Transportation systems management; and
        • (D) Concurrent with any other agency's authority to do so, the enforcement of violations of motor vehicle parking offenses and the enforcement of violations of motor vehicle moving offenses;
      • (5) The Rights-of-Way Management Administration, with subordinate staff to coordinate and manage:
        • (A) Public space permits and records;
        • (B) Investigations and inspections;
        • (C) Bridge and street maintenance;
        • (D) Traffic sign fabrication and installation; and
        • (E) Advertisements on parking meters, including the back of receipts printed out by multi-space parking meters;
      • (6) The Tree Management Administration, with the following subordinate staff offices:
        • (A) Tree Planting; and
        • (B) Tree Inventory Management.​
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.04​​​: Duties​​
    • (a) The offices of the DDOT shall plan, program, operate, manage, control, and maintain systems, processes, and programs to meet transportation needs as follows:
      • (1) Infrastructure Project Management Administration shall:
        • (A) Manage and implement transportation improvement plans and projects;
        • (B) Manage and construct capital projects related to the design and installation of streets, alleys, curbs, gutters, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, streetscapes, and medians;
        • (C) Conduct studies, review and approve construction materials utilization and ensure that the transportation system is maintained to the highest standards; 
        • (D) Administer the full range of processing required to execute construction contracts for transportation, from initial preparation of bid documents through final construction completion; and
        • (E) Plan, manage, and contract for all, or any part of, the design, engineering, construction, operation, and maintenance of any element of the Integrated Premium Transit System​.
      • (2) Transportation Policy and Planning Administration shall:
        • (A) Develop and update the Internodal State Transportation Plan, corridor management plans and other traffic studies on a regular basis, focusing on the safe and efficient movement of people, goods, and information;
        • (B) Conduct planning studies on the condition and quality of the District's transportation system to locate areas where future investment is required;
        • (C) Develop alternative methods of financing transportation projects and services to achieve financial self-sufficiency;
        • (D) Develop streetscape standards;
        • (E) Develop and implement transportation safety programs;
        • (F) Develop and maintain a performance monitoring system to measure the quality and effectiveness of transportation services;
        • (G) Develop and maintain the transportation elements of the Geographic Information System;
        • (H) Develop paratransit systems, water taxis, tour bus support services, light rail streetcar transit systems and other transportation services to provide for safe and efficient movement of persons throughout the city;
        • (I) Operate the District of Columbia School Transit Subsidy Program;
        • (J) Prepare studies on mass transit needs of District residents, including rail and bus services, review and revise bus routes, review and revise the location of bus shelter locations, support WMATA Board members, and act as a liaison between WMATA and the District government;
        • (K) Develop policies and programs to encourage and provide for the safe use of bicycles for recreation and work-related travel, including planning, developing, operating, and regulating a Bike Sharing program, and administering the Bicycle Sharing Fund established by § 50-921.14 to fund a Bike Sharing program;
        • (L) Operate, maintain, and regulate the DC Circulator pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter;
        • (M) Develop and update the District's various transportation improvement plans, consistent with federal and local requirements; 
        • (N) Operate, maintain, and regulate the DC Streetcar; and
        • (O) Implement managed lane policies, including lane pricing, vehicle eligibility, and access control, provided, that at least one lane of traffic on street with managed lanes shall be free of charge, provided further, that the Department shall submit to the Council any policy created pursuant to this subparagraph for approval by act before implementation​.
      • (3) Traffic Services Administration shall:
        • (A) Provide a safe transportation system by maintaining a high quality traffic control system, including traffic signals and street lights;
        • (B) Incorporate transportation safety features in the development, design, and construction of pedestrian, bicycle, motor vehicle, and mass transportation facilities and programs;
        • (C) Maintain the mechanical and electrical systems which support the transportation infrastructure;
        • (D) With the signed approval of the Director of the Department of Public Works:
          • (i) Allocate and regulate on-street parking;
          • (ii) Develop a city-wide parking management program to balance the needs of parking in support of economic development; and
          • (iii) Establish parking and curb regulations; and
        • (E) Concurrent with any other agency's authority to do so, enforce all violations of statutes, regulations, executive orders, or rules relating to motor vehicle parking offenses and enforce violations of statutes, regulations, and rules relating to the operation of a motor vehicle, except those violations contained in § 50-2302.02.
      • (4) Rights-of-Way Management Administration shall:
        • (A) Review and approve public space permit requests for work within public rights-of-way, including private use and utility work public space requests, to ensure that transportation services are maintained and that the infrastructure is restored after the work is complete;
        • (B) Maintain official public space records;
        • (C) Perform regular inspections of the transportation system infrastructure;
        • (D) Perform routine repair and maintenance activities to maintain a high quality of transportation infrastructure;​
        • (E) Coordinate seasonal snow removal operation on major arterial in conjunction with the Department of Public Works;
        • (F) With the consent of the Chief Property Management Officer, acquire real property, by purchase or lease, grant or gift for use by DDOT, and dispose of real property through sale, lease, or other authorized method, and exercise other acquisition and property disposition authority delegated to the Mayor; and
        • (G) Enter into agreements to allow the placement of advertisements on District property, under the control of DDOT, in public space and collect payments under the agreements, if:
          • ​​(i) The placement of the advertisement is not in violation of District or federal laws, regulations, or orders;
          • (ii) The following provision is included in the advertisement agreement:
            •  "If the Mayor or the Director of DDOT receives notice from the United States Secretary of Transportation that the future operation of the advertisement agreement may result in a reduction of the District's share of federal highway funds pursuant to section 131 of Title 23 of the United States Code, the advertiser or advertiser agency shall remove the advertisement within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice by the District. Upon the expiration of the 30 days specified in this paragraph, if the advertiser or advertiser agency fails to cure the violation that resulted in the threatened reduction of highway funds, the Director of DDOT may terminate this agreement at no cost to the District.";
          • (iii) The requirements of § 1-303.22 and 12A DCMR § 3107, pertaining to outdoor signs and other forms of exterior advertising in the District of Columbia, shall not apply; and
          • (iv) All proceeds collected from the advertising agreement shall be paid into the DDOT Enterprise Fund for Transportation Initiatives, established under § 50-921.13, provided, that proceeds related to advertisements on bicycles, equipment, or facilities used for the purposes of the Bicycle Sharing program shall be deposited into the Bicycle Sharing Fund established by section 9h​.
      • (4A) Rights-of-Way Management Administration may enter into agreements to allow the private sponsorship of bicycles, equipment, and facilities used in the Bicycle Sharing program, the placement of corporate logo, slogan, or other indicia on the bicycles or facilities, and on related websites and social media, provided, that that an agreement that would modify the name or design of any part of the Capital Bikeshare system, including equipment, or facilities, shall be submitted to the Council for 30-day period of passive review before execution The agreement submitted to the Council shall include detailed information about a proposed name or design All proceeds collected from private sponsorship agreement shall be deposited into the Bicycle Sharing Fund established by section 9h​.
      • (5) Tree Management Administration shall:
        • (A) Maintain a tree inventory system;
        • (B) Perform routine tree maintenance;
        • (C) Review transportation related construction plans to ensure the provision of adequate rights-of-way for tree planting; and
        • (D) Plant, remove, and trim trees citywide.​
    • ​​(b) For the purposes of this section, the term:
      • ​(1) "DC Streetcar" means a fixed guideway transit network offering rail passenger service operated by the District government or its agent.
      • (2) "Integrated Premium Transit System" means an integrated transit system composed of any or all of the DC Streetcar, bus service operated or managed by, or on behalf of, the District government consistent with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact, and facilities including buildings, other structures, and parking areas appurtenant to the DC Streetcar and bus service.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.05​​​: Transfers​​
    • (a) All positions, personnel, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be made available to the Department of Public Works for transportation and other functions, as set forth in section III(A), III(B), III(C), III(D) (not including supply and fuel distribution), III(E), III(F) (not including the ensuring proper and sanitary collection and disposal of refuse in an environmentally sound manner), III(H) (not including parking enforcement, and vehicle and driver licensing, registration, and control), III(I) (including only streets and bridges), III(J) (not including the control of building systems and the provision of repair and improvement services), and III(L) of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1983 Add (part D of subchapter VI of Chapter 15 of Title 1, D.C. Official Code), effective March 1, 1984 are hereby transferred to the DDOT.
    • (b) All of the functions assigned and authorities delegated to the Department of Public Works, with respect to transportation and other functions, as set forth in section III(A), III(B), III(C), III(D) (not including supply and fuel distribution), III(E), III(F) (not including ensuring proper and sanitary collection and disposal of refuse in an environmentally sound manner), III(H) (not including parking enforcement, and vehicle and driver licensing, registration, and control), III(I) (including only streets and bridges), III(J) (not including the control of building systems and the provision of repair and improvement services), and III(L) of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1983 are hereby transferred to the DDOT.
    • (c) All of the functions of the Department of Public Works as set forth in section IV (A) of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1983 are hereby transferred to the DDOT.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.06​​​: Delegation and redelegation of authority​​
    • Except as provided in § 50-921.04, the Director of DDOT is the successor to all transportation related authority delegated to the Director of the Department of Public Works and is authorized to act, either personally or through a designated representative, as a member of any committees, commissions, boards, or other bodies which presently include as a member the Director of the Department of Public Works.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.07​​​: Reorganization​​
    • The Director of DDOT is authorized to organize the personnel and property transferred herein within any organizational unit of DDOT as the Director deems appropriate.​
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.08​​​: Repealer​​
    • ​All orders and parts of orders in conflict with any of the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed, except that any regulations adopted or promulgated by virtue of the authority granted by such orders, shall remain in force until properly revised, amended or repealed.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.09​​​: References to Department of Transportation (DOT)​​
    • Any reference in law or regulation to the Department of Transportation established by this chapter, or to its former acronym DOT shall be deemed to be a reference to the District Department of Transportation and to DDOT, respectively.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.10​​​: DDOT Operating Fund [Repealed]
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.11​​​: DDOT Unified Fund ​[Repealed]
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.12​​​: Special purpose revenue funds
    • (a) Beginning October 1, 2011, the Mayor shall submit to the Council, on a quarterly basis, a report certified by the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia that details the activities, budget, expenditures, and variances, at the program level, of all programs, activities, and projects undertaken by the District Department of Transportation from all available special purpose revenue funding sources.
    • (b) The Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia shall certify that project expenditures and obligations have not exceeded authorized amounts and that fund revenues are sufficient to ensure that remaining authorized project expenditures will not exceed revenues.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.13​​​: The District Department of Transportation Enterprise Fund for Transportation Initiatives
    • (a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the District Department of Transportation Enterprise Fund for Transportation Initiatives ("Fund"), which shall be administered by the Director of the District Department of Transportation and which shall be used by the District Department of Transportation to pay for goods, services, property, capital improvements, or for any other permitted purpose as authorized by §§ 50-921.02(f) and 50-912.04 and to pay into the Highway Trust Fund.
    • (b) All revenue from the following shall be deposited into the Fund, beginning October 1, 2011:
      • (1) Fines from the enforcement of truck safety and size, weight, and noise regulations;
      • (2) Advertisements on multispace parking meter receipts;
      • (3) Repealed;
      • (4) Public inconvenience fees, described in 24 DCMR § 225.1(c);
      • (5) Fees related to car sharing after the first $ 270,000 in revenue per fiscal year.
      • (6) Loading zone management program revenue, including:
        • (A) The commercial permit parking pass revenue;
        • (B) Commercial permit parking fees;
        • (C) Other related citations and fines;
      • (7) Any other revenues, including grants or gifts, as may from time-to-time be dedicated to the Fund; and
      • (8) Matching funds from private nonprofit organizations for the 5310 Program pursuant to § 50-921.02(f).
    • (c) All funds deposited into the Fund, and any interest earned on those funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (a) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.14​​​: District Department of Transportation Parking Meter Pay-by-Phone Transaction Fee Fund
    • (a) There is established the District Department of Transportation Parking Meter Pay- by-Phone Transaction Fee Fund ("Fund"), which shall be administered by the Director of the District Department of Transportation and used by the District Department of Transportation to pay the vendor responsible for maintaining the parking meter pay-by-phone payment system.
    • (b) Notwithstanding § 50-2603(8), all transaction fees added to the parking meter fees imposed upon users who pay for parking with the pay-by-phone system shall be deposited into the Fund beginning October 1, 2012.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.15​​​: Sustainable Transportation Fund
    • (a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the Sustainable Transportation Fund ("Fund"), which shall be administered by the Director of the District Department of Transportation and be used by the District Department of Transportation on approved capital projects for bus-operating enhancements, including:
      • (1) Unfunded recommendations in WMATA Bus Line Studies and WMATA Service Evaluations; and
      • (2) Other investments determined by the Mayor to enhance bus transit operational efficiency and customer service within the District of Columbia.
    • (b) Fees collected for the parking of vehicles where meters or devices are installed shall be deposited into the Fund in accordance with § 50-2603(8)(B).
    • (c) All funds deposited into the Fund, and any interest earned on those funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (a) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.16​​​: Bicycle Sharing Fund
    • (a) There is established as a nonlapsing, special purpose revenue fund the Bicycle Sharing Fund ("Fund"). The fund shall be administered by the Director of the District Department of Transportation and used to pay for goods, services, property and for any other purpose under the Bike Sharing program established pursuant to section 50-921.04(2)(K).
    • (b) All revenue related to the Bike Sharing program, from whatever source derived, shall be deposited into the Fund as of March 19, 2013.
    • (c) All funds deposited into the Fund, including any interest earned on those funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (a) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.​

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