After more than fifty years since streetcars last serviced the streets of Washington, DC, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is poised to introduce their return. In 2013, the roadway construction along the H/Benning corridor will be completed, leading the way for the District’s streetcar vehicles to begin the testing process along the route by year’s end. Construction is also currently underway at the Testing and Commissioning site in Anacostia, and planning is underway for additional segments through the District.
The streetcar construction underway today is rooted in a planning process that began several years ago to shape the future of transit in the city. The comprehensive District of Columbia Transit Improvements Alternatives Analysis studied gaps in transit and identified ways to better meet the needs of residents. Out of that, DDOT began focusing on expanding transit service with the DC Circulator, express Metrobus routes, bus rapid transit, and streetcar.
DC Streetcar will facilitate travel for District residents, workers and visitors by complementing existing transit options and by creating neighborhood connections where they currently do not exist. DCstreetcar.com will help you stay informed about the project, from current construction details to future planning studies. When streetcar service begins, this site will offer trip-planning tools, rider tips and more. We look forward to connecting with you now and throughout the course of this exciting District transportation project.