St. Patrick’s enrolls 455 students in nursery to grade 6 at their Whitehaven Parkway campus in the Palisades area of Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) approved a new middle school for 60 students in grades 7 and 8 in an existing building at 4925 MacArthur Boulevard. W+A provided the transportation studies and expert witness testimony before the Palisades Citizens Association, local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), and BZA that led to this approval.
To meet traffic demands W+A recommended bussing middle school students between the Whitehaven and MacArthur campuses. Students would be dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon by parents/guardians at the Whitehaven campus.
To accommodate increased traffic, W+A recommended reversing traffic flow in the drop-off/pick-up lane, changing curb parking regulations on Whitehaven Parkway, hiring two off-duty uniformed police officers, and implementing an aggressive carpool program. A major success, this program has achieved more than a 40 percent increase in average vehicle occupancy.