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1. Performing Organization Report No.
2. DDOT P.O. No:
3. Title and Subtitle
Analysis of 2010 Speed Data in the District of Columbia
4. Report Date
Dr. Stephen A. Arhin, P.E., PTOE and Dr. Errol C. Noel, P.E.
6. Performing Organization Name and Address
Howard University Transportation Research Center2366 Sixth Street, NW, Room 130Washington, DC 20059
7. Contract or FRS No.
8. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Report 10/09/2010
9. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Infrastructure Project Management Administration2000 14
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
10. Supplementary Notes
COTR: Mr. Mesfin Lakew
Vehicular speeds on roadway segments in the District of Columbia were evaluated in 2006. Since then,various safety and traffic improvements projects were implemented in order to improve traffic flow and increasemotorist compliance with speeding. This research is aimed at evaluating and comparing speeds on some of thesame roadway sections that were evaluated in 2006.
The project team, in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), chose 193 sitelocations throughout Washington DC at which spot speed data was collected between August and December2010. The sites chosen were a broad subset of the 400 locations at which speed data was collected in 2006. Thisresearch examines the effectiveness of safety programs implemented between 2006 and 2010 on speedreduction.Compared with the 2006 speed statistics, the results showed that there was a reduction in the mean and85
percentile speeds by 64% and 68%, respectively at the locations studied. Of the 193 locations, however, 51(26%) locations recorded increases in the mean speeds while 49 (25%) locations recorded increases in the 85
percentile speeds. At 19 of the 193 locations, there were no changes in the mean speed while no changes in the85
percentile speeds were recorded at 12 locations.
Statistical significance for the changes in the mean speedswas confirmed at 5% level of significance.
12. Key Words
Mean Speed, 85
Percentile Speed, Speed Management
13. Security Classif. (of this
14. No. of Pages