DC Streetcar in the News

July

DDOT Announces Multiple New Hires

July 8, 2016
Mass Transit Mag
By

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has named Emile Smith chief safety and security officer for DC Streetcar Operations. Smith is responsible for safety & security standards and compliance with federal and local regulations for operation of the 2.4 mile DC Streetcar system. The role includes directly supervising an internal staff of safety officers and monitoring the work of third party contractors to ensure compliance with federal and local oversight regulations along with the delivery of safe system operations and maintenance. Smith has previously served as Homeland Security Coordinator at DDOT. He also helped develop new regulations as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s MAP-21 ACT. Smith is a graduate of the McKinney School of Law, where he served as President of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and graduate of Norfolk State University, where he served as the student government association president.

June

Can mass transit survive in the US?

June 29, 2016
The Hill
By Brian Robertson

As Washingtonians suffer though massive, unprecedented shutdowns of the Metrorail system this summer for urgent repair work made necessary by years of neglect and mismanagement, fingers have been pointed in every direction, often with an aim to score political points.

Getting Around During Metro’s SafeTrack Repairs; Surge 2 Affects Blue, Orange, Silver Lines in DC; Blue Line in Virginia

June 16, 2016
NBC Washington
By

The first of Metro’s 15 “safety surges” is coming to an end, but the trouble is just beginning for some commuters. During Metro’s second “safety surge,” service will be completely shut down for 16 straight days among four stations on eastern end of the Orange, Blue and Silver lines in D.C., and service will be eliminated between two stations in Northern Virginia.

48 hours in Washington, DC: A development insider’s guide

June 7, 2016
Devex
By Kate Warren

The Washington, D.C., area hosts one of the largest concentrations of global development organizations in the world. Home to institutions such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and the United States Agency for International Development, along with thousands of nonprofits, consulting firms, embassies and social impact ventures, chances are, if you work in development, a trip to D.C. could be in your future.

Low-speed rail

June 7, 2016
The Washington Post
By Annys Shin

Streetcars can reach maximum operating speeds of 35 mph, but the volume of traffic and passengers can affect speed. The D.C. streetcar might feel slow, but it is slightly faster than streetcars in other cities.

US: Streetcars: If You Build It, Will They Come?

June 2, 2016
Mass Transit
By Daniel C. Vock

The long-awaited Atlanta Streetcar got off to a rough start. The 2.7-mile system began running in the final days of 2014, more than a year and a half after it was originally projected to open. In the time it took to build, construction costs jumped from $70 million to $98 million. Even after its vehicles started making the downtown journey between Centennial Olympic Park and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, problems persisted. Service stopped for several days last summer so crews could fix the overhead line that powers the electric vehicles. Staff shortages frequently reduced the number of cars on the track. Federal regulators dinged the city and its transit system for safety violations. And after an initial free-fares period, ridership dropped dramatically in the first few months the system began charging passengers.

This year, though, could be a banner one for streetcar openings. A total of eight streetcar projects have or are about to come online, including five in cities with no previous service — Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis and Washington, D.C., according to Yonah Freemark, author of the blog The Transport Politic, which tracks new transit openings.

May

Agency Offers Revised Plan for Georgetown Streetcar

May 24, 2016
The Georgetown Dish
By Mark Lieberman

The District’s first stretch of streetcar finally began running a few months ago along H Street NE, following years of delays spread over several mayoral administrations. Officials are now pressing forward with plans to extend that line to Georgetown, and released last week a revised proposal that relies on more dedicated lanes — as opposed to sharing space with other traffic — than past designs did.

Officials look at new ways to power DC streetcars

May 24, 2016
WTOP
By Michelle Basch

WASHINGTON — As the District considers extending its streetcar system from Union Station to Georgetown, city planners are also looking at new ways to power the cars.

Streetcars running on the H Street/Benning Road Line get their power from overhead wires, but for the proposed extension, DDOT project manager Jamie Henson says they’re looking at different options.

The Best Way to See Washington, D.C. With Your Kids

May 22, 2016
Conde Nast Traveler
By Paul Brady & Alex Postman

You come to Washington D.C. primed to help your kid decipher the signatures of the Founding Fathers on the Declaration of Independence, or to gaze together at Abraham Lincoln’s craggy profile as you piously recite the Gettysburg Address—along with seemingly every other family in America (who, you register in a panic, all seem to be lined up outside the National Air and Space Museum). Our advice? Don’t try to cram too much in: We found parents and kids were happiest with no more than two scheduled stops a day—and frequent pauses and distractions to decompress. Besides, there’s so much to do off the Mall since once-fringy neighborhoods (NoMA, H Street Corridor) are emerging as eating and shopping hubs. Take an Uber or taxi, not the Metro, to preserve legs and moods. If you miss something major (like the fall opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture), no worries. You know you’ll be back.

How to Survive When the Metro is (Mostly) Closed

May 20, 2016
DC Inno
By Eric Hal Schwartz

WMATA is coming to grips with the enormous scale of repairs that that the Metro needs over the next ten months with its SafeTrack program, and that means getting around D.C. and its environs will be a lot trickier than usual. Of course, it also hopefully means that it will be less prone to fires, but that doesn’t make it less annoying to have to deal with in the short-term. Here’s what you need to know about WMATA’s plan, and how you can cope with it.

Streetcars, Once Nearly Extinct, Are Enjoying a Comeback

May 18, 2016
Local Kicks
By Auburn Mann

WASHINGTON – With the February opening of streetcar service along the 2.4-mile H Street-Benning Road corridor, Washington joined a national trend of major cities rebooting what was once considered an antiquated mode of urban transportation.

Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, the rekindled love affair with the streetcar is not only bringing public transportation to under-served areas, but also is aimed at stimulating economic growth in key commercial districts.

Streetcar to Extend to Georgetown Via K Street? DC Taking a Look

May 18, 2016
NBC Washington
By Adam Tuss

Could you someday be able to ride a streetcar all the way from Benning Road to Georgetown? D.C. and federal officials are exploring the possibility.

Studies are underway to lengthen the route of the DC Streetcar, which began service in February between Union Station and Benning Road just east of Oklahoma Avenue NE after years of delays.

Planners eye extension of streetcar line to connect Union Station to Georgetown

May 18, 2016
WTOP
By Michelle Basch

WASHINGTON — The District is considering extending its new streetcar line about  3 1/2 miles from Union Station to Georgetown, and planners are looking at two ways to make it happen. Under one plan, streetcars would use dedicated lanes for up to half the trip, and would share lanes with other vehicles for the rest.

Events roundup: What’s next for streetcar?

May 17, 2016
Greater Greater Washington
By Claire Jaffe

Following the DC Streetcar’s successful opening, learn about the next steps for expanding the line past the Benning Road Metro and west to Georgetown. Then, head to Virginia to support a better bike network, take a tour of historic Fairfax, and learn about building a new street grid Reston.

DC’s streetcar may go to Georgetown with dedicated lanes

May 17, 2016
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

You read that headline right—dedicated lanes! After lots of transportation experts and pundits said DC’s streetcar needed dedicated lanes if it’s to be valuable, DC transportation planners designed an option for extending the streetcar which devotes a lane for almost all of the length from Union Station to Georgetown.

D.C. Streetcar ridership is decent so far

May 16, 2016
The Washington Post
By Dan Malouff

The D.C. Streetcar is drawing a decent number of riders, so far. Compared to other U.S. light-rail and streetcar systems, it ranks near the middle in terms of riders per mile of track. It’s slightly above average, neither horrible nor spectacular.

DC Streetcar ridership is… actually not bad

May 13, 2016
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

The DC Streetcar is drawing a decent number of riders, so far. Compared to other US light rail and streetcar systems, it ranks near the middle in terms of riders per mile of track. It’s slightly above average, neither horrible nor spectacular.

April

Dueling banjos: Which local folk and bluegrass festival should you attend on Saturday?

April 28, 2016
The Washington Post
By Rudi Greenberg

Local fans of fiddles, festivals and folk music are faced with a tough decision on Saturday. Two festivals, both with folk and bluegrass in their names, are taking place within 45 miles of each other: Here in D.C., the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival returns for a seventh year; in Baltimore, the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is back for its fourth edition. Which one should you attend? Let us help you decide.

February

Events roundup: Growth and preservation in DC

February 22, 2016
Greater Greater Washington
By Claire Jaffe

Discuss growth and historic preservation in DC with Mayor Bowswer, ride the streetcar, and save the date for Greater Greater Washington’s 8th birthday party! Also, share your opinion on changes to buses and your experience with Snowzilla in Arlington.

Head Of DDOT Says Fire Chief Is ‘Unsung Hero’ Of D.C. Streetcar

February 22, 2016
DCist
By Rachel Kurzius

A decade after the $200 million project began, the D.C. Streetcar has scheduled its grand opening for this Saturday, February 27.
Director of the District Department of Transportation Leif Dormsjo said that D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean is the “unsung hero” of bringing the beleaguered project to fruition on the Kojo Nnamdi Show this afternoon. Dean got personally involved in helping DDOT during the latter half of 2015 with documentation and standard operating procedures, he said

DC’s long-awaited streetcar to open Feb. 27

February 21, 2016
Washington Times
By Associated Press

The District of Columbia’s long-delayed streetcar line will begin carrying passengers on Feb. 27.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that her administration has settled on an opening date for the streetcar, which runs along the busy H Street, Northeast, corridor.

How to Ride the D.C. Streetcar

February 18, 2016
City Lab
By Eric Jaffe

The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation has released a fun video on how to ride the D.C. Streetcar in advance of its announced launch date later this month. Close your eyes and listen to the upbeat score and you might actually forgive the years and years and years of delay, the poorly conceived design that mixes trolleys with automobile traffic, and the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on economic development for an H Street NE corridor that was thriving on its own.

The video’s hero is a young man eager to learn the ropes before a date with a streetcar obsessive. He’s trained by a lovely trolley instructor whose patience, energy, and general transit wisdom makes you wonder how he doesn’t realize she’s the one I really loved all along. Then again, this is a young man who can’t figure out how to ride a streetcar on his own. So—let’s trolley!

D.C. streetcar could debut in 2 weeks

February 12, 2016
Washington Business Journal
By Michael Neibauer

D.C.’s first streetcar line in 54 years may start carrying passengers in two weeks.

That’s the word from safety oversight officials at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, who have approved the $200 million, 2.2-mile long, long-delayed H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, WAMU reports. Passengers may be carried along the Northeast D.C. corridor as soon as Feb. 26.

DC Streetcar Closer to Opening

February 11, 2016
NBC Washington
By Adam Tuss

After years of delays and setbacks, D.C.’s troubled streetcar is closer than ever to carrying passengers.
Both the D.C. Fire and EMS Department and the District Department of Transportation said they believe the project is ready to open.

DC Streetcar Will Open as Soon as February 26, Officials Say

February 11, 2016
Washingtonian
By Benjamin Freed

The DC Streetcar along H St. and Benning Rd., Northeast, will be ready to serve actual people on or after February 26, according to a letter from safety officials overseeing the 2.2-mile line’s final testing phase. While the District Department of Transportation is not confirming that date as when the streetcar will finally open to the public after more than a decade of missed deadlines and false promises, it’s the surest sign yet this thing will actually be real.

D.C. Streetcar Can Start Running As Soon As Feb. 26, Safety Agency Says

February 11, 2016
WAMU
By Martin Di Caro

Safety oversight officials within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department have approved the long-delayed, oft-criticized H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, pending a final review expected to wrap up in the next week.

The city’s first streetcar line since 1962 may start carrying passengers along the Northeast D.C. corridor “on or after Feb. 26,” according to a letter notifying federal transportation officials the $200 million, 2.2-mile line is ready to go after weeks of system testing and document reviews.

District streetcar should be ready to open on or after Feb. 26, city safety official says

February 11, 2016
The Washington Post
By Michael Laris

Fifty-four years after streetcars stopped dinging their way through the District — and nearly a decade after the city blew through its first deadline for bringing them back — Washington should finally be ready to launch passenger service in as little as two weeks, according to city safety officials.

District officials declined to give a precise date for their grand opening.

But in a letter this week to the Federal Transit Administration, the District’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, which has safety oversight of the system, said the time has come.

“The date will be on or after Feb. 26, 2016,” the letter read, “provided all final requisite activities are successfully completed by” transportation and safety officials.

January

Baltimore will tear down whole blocks of row houses to fight blight. Is that wise?

January 27, 2016
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

In DC, housing is so scarce that prices are skyrocketing, especially for charming, historic row houses. Just up in Baltimore, however, they can’t give many dilapidated row houses away, and Larry Hogan recently announced a plan to tear many of them down. Is that a good idea?

May

March

APTA Peer Review Finds DC Streetcar Can Open

March 27, 2015
Citybizlist
By Staff

Article reports that that the American Public Transportation Association’s peer review of the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar system concluded that there are no fatal flaws that would prevent the DC Streetcar from starting revenue service on the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

APTA GIVES D.C. STREETCAR THE GO-AHEAD

March 27, 2015
Politico
By Staff

Summarizes that The American Public Transportation Association has found no “fatal flaws” with the DC Streetcar project.

January

Report: Actually, the H Street Streetcar Won’t Start Running Next Week

January 23, 2015
Washingtonian
By Benjamin Freed

An article highlighting how Bowser is the fourth mayor to oversee the DC Streetcar project and how there is no official start date set for launching DC Streetcar. The article also mentions that the new DDOT head Leif Dormsjo says the agency is done setting “arbitrary deadlines” for the beginning of passenger service.

DDOT: No Official Start Date Set for D.C. Streetcar

January 23, 2015
CBS DC
By Staff

A report on the District Department of Transportation acting director releasing a statement on the status of D.C. Streetcar, saying there is no official start date set.

October

September

D.C. Streetcars to Start Simulated Service

September 29, 2014
CBS DC
By Staff

A summary of how DC Streetcar will start preliminary service, bringing the new service one step closer to having passengers on-board.

August

Streetcar drill on H Street NE corridor

August 27, 2014
WUSA
By Stephanie Ramirez

A report on how DC officials conducted a streetcar emergency drill along with quoting DDOT Spokesperson, Cherie Gibson.

D.C. begins training streetcar operators in traffic

August 11, 2014
ABC 7
By Staff

A report on the Streetcar’s first day of in-traffic operator training, with an emphasis of how the training will teach operators to deal with everyday interactions like pedestrians and cars parked along the route.

July

Major parking ticket crackdown begins in D.C. this week

July 31, 2014
WTOP
By Ari Ashe

A report on how ticket writers in the District of Columbia will crack down on illegal parking along the H Street-Benning Road corridor from the Hopscotch Bridge to the old Spingarn High School.

May

Atlanta, other cities see a streetcar renaissance

May 23, 2014
USA Today
By Larry Copeland

A brief look at the history of streetcars and how the nation is in the middle of a streetcar renaissance. The article briefly mentions DC Streetcar as well.

For Residents, Streetcar Return Will Pose Practical Challenges

May 22, 2014
WAMU
By Martin Di Caro

Displays #2 of 4 reports on DC Streetcar’s potential challenges, safety, and traffic changes on H Street due to its operation. The article discusses streetcar programs in other cities as well and includes DDOT’s Safety Video.

April

Washington Retail District’s Future Rides on Streetcars

April 25, 2014
The New York Times
By EUGENE L. MEYER

A piece featuring the DC Streetcar and depicts its history, future plans, and projected positive impacts on the District. The article quotes Terry Bellamy, director of the District’s transportation agency along with other local influential figures.

March

February

RFQ issued for D.C. DBOM transit system

February 28, 2014
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Monday, Feb, 3, 2014 “to firms interested in submitting Statements of Qualification (SOQs) to design, build, operate, and maintain [DBOM] an integrated premium transit system.”

Georgia Avenue Streetcar Project Gets D.C. Resident Feedback

February 28, 2014
CBS DC
By Kris Ankarlo

A summary of the public meetings and the opinions of district residents for the possible North-South Corridor streetcar line that would be running along Georgia Avenue, along with displaying photos of the events.

North-South streetcar starts to take shape

February 28, 2014
Greater Greater Washington
By Eric Fidler

A report on the potential north-south DC streetcar and plans for Georgia Avenue north of Petworth along with discussing the different paths it can take to Buzzard Point. Displays graphics of the DDOT narrowed down options for this streetcar, and potential configurations with and without dedicated lanes.

January

More than 500 people apply for D.C. streetcar jobs

January 31, 2014
Washington Post Dr. Gridlock
By Robert Thomson

A look at how more than 500 people showed up at the Department of Employment Services headquarters for a job fair hosted by the
District Department of Transportation and DC Street car.

December

Streetcars return to Washington

December 23, 2013
WUSA 9
By Mola Lenghi

A live report on the arrival of the Streetcar showing resident’s excitement, along with an interview with Mayor Vincent Gray.

October

Bikes in a Dead Capital?

October 9, 2013
A Better Washington
By Elisa P

A look at the transportation improvements that have come to Washington, D.C., since the last government shutdown in 1995.

Buzzard Point Streetcar Line Study

October 2, 2013
Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could
By SWill

A report on DDOT’s year-long study for the proposed north-south streetcar line.

More Progress on DC Streetcars

October 1, 2013
Rock Creek Realty
By Nate Ward

A story about the proposed 22 mile streetcar network, including a north-south line from Takoma to Buzzard Point.

September

Inclusionary Zoning making slow progress

September 24, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Cheryl Court

A report on DC’s Inclusionary Zoning housing program, which is designed to increase housing diversity along streetcar routes and in other coveted areas.

Building tension: housing, commerce and parking

September 18, 2013
The Washington Blade
By Mark Lee

An article on the District’s parking and automobile conundrum that refers to DC Streetcar as the “soon-to-be small-scale novelty retro trolley.”

A Streetcar Named Revival

September 17, 2013
EarthShare
By Staff

A post covering the streetcar renaissance that is occurring throughout the nation that details some cities’ projects, including DC Streetcar.

DC kicks off planning for Southwest’s future

September 13, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Steven Yates

Residents express mixed feelings about a proposed streetcar line in this post on the proposed development of Southwest D.C.

Downtown D.C.: What’s next?

September 13, 2013
The Washington Post
By Jonathan O’Connell

A story on the revitalization of Downtown D.C. that talks about plans for streetcar service.

WMATA releases its next rail map

September 12, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

An analysis of the new WMATA Metrorail map which notes the absence of H Street’s streetcar line.

DC’s Housing Market is Sizzling

September 10, 2013
WUSA 9
By Bruce Johnson

A resident looks forward to streetcar service and the renewal of the H Street Corridor in this story on the District’s booming housing market.

Live Q&As

September 9, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

A question and answer session excerpt explaining the rationale behind H Street’s streetcar track construction.

DC Cyclists beware

September 2, 2013
Sticky Rice
By Sticky

A repost of a story from WJLA on the potential dangers DC Streetcar tracks pose to cyclists.

August

Streetcar firm on busy track

August 29, 2013
Portland Tribune
By Jim Redden

A profile of United Streetcar, developers of the cars used for the H Street/Benning Road Line.

Streetcar: Where Is the Darn Thing?

August 28, 2013
Real Estate Bisnow
By Chris Baird

A piece on how the long-awaited DC Streetcar system will bring new development to H Street and improve the lives of its residents.

Streetcars Returning Soon to DC

August 23, 2013
Passenger Transport (APTA Publication)
By Staff

A report on August’s DC Streetcar open house which lists some of the system’s key features.

Test Driving

August 16, 2013
Washington Post Express
By Vicky Hallett

A column detailing one guest’s experience at last week’s DC Streetcar Community Open House.

Cycling in Rwanda and Loopy Over Elon Musk

August 14, 2013
A Better Washington
By Elisa Poteat

A post sharing information on how bike riders can stay safe while traveling around H Street’s streetcar tracks.

DC Streetcar Update

August 10, 2013
East of the River
By Charnice A. Milton

An article covers the process of bringing streetcars to Anacostia, goals of the project, possible alternatives, community response and next steps.

DC Streetcar Open House

August 10, 2013
Quantico Live
By Laura

A post invites residents to attend the DC Streetcar open house and explains what they can expect to see at the event.

DC streetcar project continues

August 8, 2013
My FOX DC
By Wisdom Martin

An interview with Mayor Gray and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy covers the D.C. Streetcar system and the transportation improvements citizens can expect.

Bikelanes coming to G & I Streets NE this fall

August 7, 2013
H Street Great Street
By Staff

A post covers proposed bike improvements to G and I Streets NE in the form of contraflow bike lanes as a result of the installation of streetcar tracks.

The Menace of BRT Creep

August 7, 2013
Slate
By Matthew Yglesias

A post covers mixed-traffic streetcars and funding of the H Street streetcar line in D.C.

The right way to invest in Anacostia

August 2, 2013
The Washington Post
By Jonetta Rose Barras

The Washington Post discusses Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) multimillion-dollar plan to build a soccer stadium with D.C. United. Barras mentions that the streetcar system is planned for Anacostia.

July

New Douglass Bridge could be best bike bridge in DC

July 31, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Cranor

DDOT’s plans for the Frederick Douglass Bridge. According to the piece, “There was no mention of or drawing showing a bike trail along the old Shepherd Branch rail line…though I did notice they were planning to buy the ROW under I-295, but that is likely for the streetcar.” This article was also cross posted at the Wash Cycle.

Walter Reed’s main street should be Georgia Avenue

July 31, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

A discussion about Walter Reed campus proposals. One of the three teams competing for development rights “shows the streetcar pulled off Georgia Avenue, rerouted to better serve Walter Reed and more poorly serve everywhere else.”  This piece was also cross posted at Beyond DC.

Possible delays on H street NE

July 31, 2013
The Washington Post
By Dana Hedgpeth

Drivers might encounter delays Wednesday at 16th Street and Benning Road NE as crews work to make way for the District’s new streetcar system. Washington City Paper also picked up this article.

Revitalizing Neighborhoods: DC’s Near Northeast

July 30, 2013
Metro Jacksonville
By Ennis Davis

An article about DC’s streetcar system scheduled to open in late 2013 and how it is fueling the revitalization of another. Davis argues that Jacksonville can learn from DC’s revitalization experience.

Soccer stadium plan raises travel questions about South Capitol St.

July 30, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

An article about the new soccer stadium’s plan and how it raises transportation questions for the area. According to the article, “The District could add an Anacostia-M Street-Buzzard Point streetcar to the transportation network. Such a service is part of the city’s plan for the first 22 miles of streetcar lines, and the agreement calls for the D.C. government to pursue it and possibly advance its construction.”

D.C. United, Washington agree on $300M soccer-only stadium

July 25, 2013
The Globe and Mail
By Ben Nuckols

An article describes preparations for the proposed D.C. United stadium and highlights potential infrastructure improvements D.C. will need to make, including a possible streetcar stop to make the stadium more accessible.

New D.C. United Stadium Plans Unveiled

July 25, 2013
CBS DC
By Staff

An article describes the agreement between city officials to create a D.C. United stadium and highlights potential infrastructure improvements D.C. will need to make, including a possible streetcar stop to make the stadium more accessible.

Stadium Will Leverage Transportation Projects in SW

July 25, 2013
NBC Washington
By Adam Tuss

An article explains how the proposed $300 million stadium for D.C. United in Southwest Washington will leverage multiple transportation projects in the area, including streetcar lines.

Read the D.C. United stadium deal

July 25, 2013
The Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis

An article breaks down the 17-page document signed today by Mayor Gray and D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien, and highlights the implications of the proposed D.C. United Stadium. The article also states the city will consider developing a new streetcar line to the stadium.

To build a soccer stadium, DC will swap the Reeves Center

July 25, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

A report on the preliminary deal for a new soccer stadium. The article notes, “On top of the Metro connection, DC is planning for both the Georgia Avenue and Anacostia streetcar lines to terminate at Buzzard Point, directly adjacent to the proposed stadium site.” This article was also cross posted atBeyond DC.

Mayor Gray, D.C. United reach tentative deal on soccer stadium for Buzzard Point

July 24, 2013
The Washington Post
By Jonathan O’Connell

D.C. United executives and District officials have reached a preliminary deal on a new soccer stadium. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew said that the new streetcar line would help develop the west side of South Capitol Street. This article was also posted in Georgetown Patch Artesia News , The Miami HeraldThe Sacramento Bee, and Finance & Commerce.

D.C. Streetcars Travel on Test Track

July 23, 2013
NBC4 Washington
By Adam Tuss

Video footage of the testing of the emergency brakes on DC Streetcar.  Dara Ward, with the DC Streetcar Communications Team, is quoted in the video.

Brake testing underway for new streetcars

July 22, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

Reports on DDOT’s testing of emergency brake systems aboard its first three streetcars. Emergency braking is compared to “a Metro train lurching up to a platform—only more so.”

More Details on the Walter Reed Proposals

July 22, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

Washington City Paper elaborates on the Walter Reed proposals. Weiner mentions the future Georgia Avenue streetcar.

Vincent Gray lobbies for all-star game in Washington

July 22, 2013
The Washington Post
By Dan Steinberg

An article about Mayor Gray’s efforts to have an all-star game in D.C. The Mayor lists the return of streetcar service as another reason DC will be able to accommodate large crowds traveling to and from events.

Hip Shot: H Street Housewives

July 19, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Ian Buckwalter

A post about “H Street Housewives” which has more performances this week. In the review of the play, Buckwalter says “to be prepared for hyper-local jokes about streetcars and putt-putt bars.”

Proposed apartment complex at Takoma Metro will cause congestion, residents say: Developer EYA has proposed 210-unit complex

July 19, 2013
Gazette.Net
By Marlena Chertock

Gazett.Net discusses the proposed apartment complex at the Takoma Metro station. According to the article, residents are worried it will destroy green spaces and cause more congestion. Jack Lester, a senior vice president at EYA, and Stan Wall, director of real estate and station planning for WMATA, said they were unsure how the D.C. streetcar might affect the project if it terminates at Takoma. Lester and Wall say that the green space may be developed for the streetcar, but plans are not yet finalized.

The Neighborhood of H Street NE in Washington DC

July 18, 2013
Where to Live in DC
By Staff

A post about the H Street Corridor and notes progress of a $13 million street car line between Union Station and Benning Road scheduled to start rolling trolleys and bring more people to the re awakening of this once vibrant community again.

Notes on a DC North/South streetcar line

July 18, 2013
One Takoma
By Seth Grimes

An article that references the Alternatives Analysis, scheduled to begin this summer, and outlines the pros and cons of a streetcar line terminating at Takoma.

Local News Round Up

July 17, 2013
Frozen Tropics
By inked

The blog discusses an article that appeared in Greater Greater Washington about bikes and streetcars. The article mentions that a “recent proposal to move bike traffic of H Street, and on to proposed bike lanes on I and G Streets.…makes sense.”

A Streetcar Named Development

July 17, 2013
Epoch Times
By Ron Dory

A discussion about the Transportation & Power Infrastructure (TPI) Summit that took place at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, on July 10. At the summit, DDOT Director Terry Bellamy appealed to private sector transportation professionals to invest in the District’s 22-mile streetcar project.

The H Street Development Rundown

July 15, 2013
Urban Turf
By Shilpi Paul

Urban Turf provides information on some of H Street’s building projects. The article mentioned “last year that developer Gary Rappaport was waiting for the streetcar to become a sure thing before he began the building process.”

D.C.’s H Street embedded with deaf culture

July 15, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Samuels

Robert Samuels characterizes H Street as a “deaf-friendly atmosphere.” The article mentions a deaf college student’s conversation with a friend “about when — or if — D.C.’s streetcar will ever start running,” and includes a link to a previous article on the preparations for the H Street/Benning Road service. This article was also cross-posted on Media dis&datDaily Journal and The Tribune.

Livable. Walkable. Electable?

July 11, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

An article about Tommy Wells’ mayoral campaign. Wells’ motto is “Buiding a Livable Walkable D.C.” As he presided over the streetcar-related construction on H Street NE, some business owners accused him of favoring newer businesses with a white customer base over older ones with a black clientele.

Despite reputation, Oregon ranks only 25th in bicycle, pedestrian investments

July 9, 2013
The Oregonian
By Joseph Rose

An article about the “biking invasion” that is taking place in cities in Oregon and California, such as San Francisco. Towards the end of the article the author mentions that he sees “cycling as an alternative to the street car” and believes that mindset is also in Washington DC.

Capital Bikeshare is a Monumental Step in DC Commuting

July 9, 2013
Triple Pundit
By Leon Kaye

A post about Capital Bikeshare that mentions that “plans for a street car system in DC are in the works but it will take years until they supplement Metro’s rail and marginal bus system.”

Car barn to be built in NE D.C. for streetcar line

July 8, 2013
WTOP 103.5 FM
By Jamie Forzato

Streetcar tracks will be built in front of the shuttered Spingarn High School in northeast D.C. Construction of the car barn will then begin this fall and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014. This report was also in The Washington Post, The Washington Business JournalWashington City PaperMy FOXdc.comDaily Journal, DC Spotlightre:wardfiveThe TribuneThe RepublicChantilly Foreclosure ListingsLorton Foreclosure Listings and Denver News.

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Metro shifts gears on Takoma station plan

July 7, 2013
The Washington Post
By Jonathan O'Connell

An article about the re-working of Metro’s plan that preserves more open space for future transit access. The D.C. government is planning a streetcar line that would run north from downtown along Georgia Avenue and terminate at the Takoma station, and Metro may need to provide space for a streetcar stop and turnaround.

Look Out Below

July 5, 2013
DC Rider
By Vicky Hallett

A report about old streetcar tunnels that run beneath Dupont Circle that also includes a blurb about the DC Streetcar timeline.

DDOT Expects Fare-Collecting, Passenger-Transporting Streetcars by Year’s End

July 3, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

An article about the likelihood that the streetcars will “go live” by the end of the year. DDOT streetcar spokeswoman Dara Ward says that there’s a better-than-even chance that the streetcar will be transporting and charging passengers along two miles of tracks by the end of December.

DDOT Says Streetcars Will Be Running By End of Year… Maybe

July 2, 2013
DCist
By Benjamin Freed

A report on the odds that D.C.’s streetcar line will be running along H Street and Benning Road NE by the end of the year. According to DDOT Transportation Director Terry Bellamy, there’s a two in three chance that they will.

As streetcar work kicks into gear, details emerge

July 2, 2013

By Staff

A post about information on the streetcar progress that is happening this summer. At last week’s streetcar community fair, DDOT representatives presented the timeline for vehicle testing, gave line-by-line construction and planning status updates, and showed images of streetcar station signs, power substations, the car barn, and more.

Streetcars in our time?

July 2, 2013
The Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis

City Transportation Director Terry Bellamy says there’s a 35 percent chance streetcars won’t run down H Street and Benning Road until sometime in 2014.

Third American-made streetcar enters service

July 1, 2013
The Portland Tribune
By Jim Redden

The third streetcar delivered to the city of Portland by United Streetcar is now in service. United Streetcar will also be providing streetcars to other cities including Washington, D.C.

ARTBA Examines Legal Challenge to Virginia’s P3 Law

July 1, 2013
Construction Equipment Guide
By Staff

An article mostly about the legal challenges to Virginia’s P3 law that also includes information about ARTBA’S 25th anniversary conference. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the “America on the Move” transportation exhibit, featuring a section of D.C. streetcar.

June

Ray LaHood Q&A with the Tribune

June 26, 2013
Chicago Tribune
By Jon Hilkevitch

An interview with U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood. Within his comments he says, “Not every community wants a streetcar. But Washington, D.C., does.”

DC Streetcar Community Information Fair

June 23, 2013
Hill Rag (Capital Community News)
By Staff

A post about a Community Information Fair that DDOT will be hosting this Thursday about DC Streetcar updates.

Community supports bike lanes around H Street

June 18, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Tony Goodman

A piece about mostly bicycling and cyclists that notes DC transportation officials want to help the cyclists to avoid the streetcar tracks.

Streetcar crossing sign

June 18, 2013
BeyondDC
By BeyondDC Staff

An opinion about the future of streetcar signs. The sign that is discussed in the article is on South Capitol Street.

Focus transportation on downtown or neighborhoods?

June 18, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert and Rahul Mereand-Sinha

An article about three scenarios for DDOT to meet transportation needs of the future. The scenarios are to keep things as they are, prioritize transportation to and from the downtown core, or focus on neighborhoods. All of the scenarios include the building of a streetcar system.

D.C. news in brief

June 18, 2013
The Washington Post
By Terence McArdle

A report on a public meeting that will be held by DDOT for a DC Streetcar update.

SIMMONS: Money for D.C. statehood not the right road

June 16, 2013
The Washington Times
By Deborah Simmons

An opinion about how D.C. planners and transportation bureaucracy should be more concerned about roads than “streetcars, bicycle lanes and walkable neighborhoods.”

A Gondola and a Metro Station? Georgetown in 2028

June 14, 2013
Urban Turf
By Shilpi Paul

This article is about the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). By 2028, BID hopes to create an actionable plan on how to improve the neighborhood over the next 15 years. Part of the plan includes “constructing a Metro station, along the proposed separated Blue Line, and/or a streetcar.”

Bring Back Streetcars

June 13, 2013
What Weekly
By Lindsey Davis

This article discusses the Baltimore streetcar system, and also mentions that DC, among other cities, are all “bringing back streetcar systems under the premise of enhanced mobility, increased tourism, and urban development.”

Louis Berger Group to Support 2 DC Planning Programs; Larry Pesesky Comments

June 13, 2013
GovConWire
By Camille Harthy

This article reports about the Louis Berger Group’s selection to provide economic, transportation and streetcar improvement advice on the Congress Heights Anacostia Saint Elizabeth’s Planning and Economic Development Strategy for the DC Office of Planning.

Is the District Laying Groundwork for a New Transit Authority?

June 6, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

In response to the Megaproject DDOT’s Megaproject Update press release, Dara Ward provided about the megaprojects, noting that the integrated premium transit system will be an entity separate from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Washington, D.C., Tests New Streetcar System

June 4, 2013
Civil Engineering
By Catherine A. Cardino

A report on the current testing of the new streetcar system as well as the economic benefits of the DC Streetcar system.

May

DC transportatin exhibit offers history lesson

May 18, 2013
SFGate.com
By Mark Berman

A review of the new American transportation exhibit at the Museum of American History. The exhibit includes heritage DC Streetcars, the precursor of the modern-day DC Streetcars that will service the H Street corridor.

Hecht’s Appeal

May 15, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

A look at the potential development projects in the Ivy City neighborhood, including the possibility of a new streetcar.

Washington Projects Invite the Small Local Investor

May 14, 2013
The New York Times
By Amy Cortese

A report on how the crowd-sourced real estate boom is taking off across America, with a look at how the new DC Streetcar project is helping boost property values in the H Street Corridor.

Tommy Wells Makes Mayoral Run Official

May 13, 2013
Roll Call
By Jason Dick

A report on Councilman Tommy Wells’ upcoming mayoral announcement, which will be located near the H Street Corridor DC Streetcar project.

DC Streetcar

May 8, 2013
Big Green Commute
By Rayya Newman

DC Streetcar is touted as the District’s soon-to-be newest mode of environmentally friendly transportation.

Rail, streetcars, or BRT? The definitions matter.

May 3, 2013
The Washington Post
By David Alpert

A feature examining the different types of streetcar, trolley and light-rail transportation modes built, planned or under construction in the DC metro area.

New Streetcars arrive in DC

May 1, 2013
Examiner.com
By Don Baxter

A look at the history of the DC Streetcar, along with coverage of Mayor Gray’s press conference.

Streetcars arrive in DC for testing

May 1, 2013
Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

Coverage of DC Streetcar’s move to Anacostia with a  preview of the upcoming opening of the H Street/Benning Road corridor line.

New DC Streetcars

May 1, 2013
WTTG, Fox5
By Wisdom Martin

A live, pre-press conference feature on their morning broadcast.

April

Arlington streetcars do pass the cost-benefit test

April 25, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Glen Bottoms

An editorial analyzing the costs and benefits of the proposed Arlington streetcar which cites DC Streetcar as a project that has spurred development in Washington, D.C.

DC Mayor Makes Case for Budget

April 23, 2013
The Georgetown Hoya
By Malika Sen

Mayor Gray’s proposed budget includes additional funding for DC Streetcar.

Feasibility study released for Benning Road streetcar proposal

April 17, 2013
The Washington Post
By Terence McArdle

DDOT has released its feasibility study for the Benning Road streetcar extension, and an environmental study will follow this summer to determine whether the extension will end at the Minnesota Avenue or the Benning Road Metro station.

DDOT Unveils Potential Georgetown Streetcar Lines

April 17, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

Following the DDOT public meeting, Georgetown Patch presents the three alternatives for “premium transit” from Union Station to Georgetown, which include two alternatives involving the streetcar.

DC streetcar vehicles are coming along

April 15, 2013
Beyond DC
By Staff

The construction of both the streetcar infrastructure and the streetcars themselves is underway at Oregon Iron Works.

Mayor builds legacy with $1.38b in D.C. construction budget

April 14, 2013
The Washington Examiner
By Eric P. Newcomer

The Examiner reports on criticism to Mayor Gray’s budget plan, drawing attention to the proposal for $1.38 billion in construction projects, including $400 million over six years to build the trolley line along H Street.

Choices emerge for K Street and Georgetown streetcar

April 12, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

Following the DDOT public meeting on Thursday, April 11, Greater Greater Washington presents the three alternatives for “premium transit” from Union Station to Georgetown, which include two alternatives involving the streetcar.

Georgetown Streetcar Meeting Tonight

April 11, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

DDOT’s public meeting on Thursday, April 11 will explore the development of a new transit service between Union Station and Georgetown, including considering an extension of streetcar service beyond Georgetown’s waterfront to the university’s main campus.

Get parking right and many more events

April 11, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

Greater Greater Washington announced DDOT’s public meeting on the Union Station-Georgetown streetcar segment.

What role will the private sector play in the streetcar?

April 11, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

The Mayor’s DC Streetcar Finance and Governance Taskforce met on Wednesday, April 10 to discuss whether to create an independent authority to manage the streetcar.

City Moves to Hire New Streetcar Project Manager

April 10, 2013
City Beat
By German Lopez

Cincinnati’s city council will hire John Deatrick, former deputy director of DDOT from 2002 to 2008, to head up the streetcar project in Cincinnati.

D.C. Springs Forward

April 10, 2013
The Georgetowner
By Gwendolyn Shearman

There are several DC development projects currently in the works, including the last 20 percent of roadway construction for the first segment of the DC Streetcar system on H Street.

DC Streetcar Seeks Enhanced Connectivity

April 10, 2013
Mark Carolla and Edna Chirico's Analysis for Charlotte and the Carolinas - and Beyond.
By Mark Carolla

This local North Carolina blog proposes that the DC Streetcar Project could be a case study for the first steps with a streetcar in Charlotte, NC.

Study eyes extension for D.C. streetcar startup

April 10, 2013
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

The Benning Road Streetcar Extension Feasibility Study, which examines the planning and engineering feasibility of extending streetcar service east of the Anacostia River in northeast Washington, is complete, and local media analysis suggests that the Benning Road option could be more cost-effective an option.

City council clears way for Deatrick hire

April 10, 2013
Cincinnati Business Courier
By Chris Wetterich

Cincinnati’s city council will hire John Deatrick, former deputy director of DDOT from 2002 to 2008, to head up the streetcar project in Cincinnati.

Streetcar Extension Study Points to Benning Road Terminus

April 9, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

DDOT’s Benning Road Streetcar Extension Feasibility study proposes two potential new termini for the streetcar line, one at Minnesota Avenue Metro Station and the other at Benning Road Metro Station. The findings from this feasibility study will inform an environmental impact study that DDOT hopes to conduct this summer.

Banks leader sought for streetcar

April 9, 2013
Cincinnati.com
By Jane Prendergast

The city of Cincinnati has decided to hire John Deatrick to take over its streetcar project. Deatrick served as deputy director of DDOT from 2002 to 2008, and he helped plan DC’s streetcar project.

Benning Road Streetcar Extension Feasibility Study Complete

April 8, 2013
The Hill Rag
By Staff

This article shares the DDOT press release announcing that the Benning Road Streetcar Extension Feasibility Study, which examines the planning and engineering feasibility of extending streetcar service east of the Anacostia River in northeast Washington, is complete.

How soon can DC fix Florida Avenue?

April 8, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Tony Goodman

Greater Greater Washington highlights the need of fixing traffic and safety related issues associated with Florida Avenue NE alongside other big DC projects like the DC Streetcar, creating bus lanes on H and I Streets, New Jersey Avenue NW a two-way street, and more.

Here come the streetcars

April 8, 2013
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

The streetcar project in DC was mentioned in an article about streetcar development across the country, noting that United Streetcar has struggled to launch its 100 Series line and has a backlog of orders from Washington, D.C. and Tucson, Ariz.

Streetcar Schedule Still Subject to Change

April 6, 2013
The Hill Rag
By Dana Bell

The Hill Rag reports on the timeline of the DC streetcar project, noting that DDOT is hopeful that passenger service can start in 2013, and seeks to dispel several misconceptions about the project.

FBI headquarters could stay downtown, but at a cost

April 5, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

 

As the FBI considers moving its headquarters to H Street and North Capitol St NW, Greater Greater Washington questions whether DDOT’s proposed crosstown streetcar that would run along H Street would be affected by the FBI’s move, including potential security-related roadblocks in the area.

 

GU, Georgetown BID Aim to Bring Streetcar to Area

April 5, 2013
The Hoya
By Guthrie Angeles

Georgetown University and the Georgetown Business Improvement District are looking to have the city-wide D.C. Streetcar project expanded deeper into the Georgetown area.

Don’t forget about buses

April 4, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

While the DC Streetcar system offers important advantages over bus lines, Greater Greater Washington argues that an improved bus network is necessary as well.

Georgetown University Wants Streetcar to Extend to Campus

April 4, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

Georgetown University wants the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to consider extending a proposed streetcar line to or beyond the main Georgetown campus, rather than ending the line at the Georgetown waterfront.

D.C. Streetcar Begins Construction From H Street to Benning Road Today

April 1, 2013
In the Capital
By Carl Pierre

From April 1st through Mid-June, the streetcar tracks that extend from 3rd Street NE to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge will be experiencing some street work as construction crews place streetcar platforms where passengers can board and unload off of the individual cars.

Streetcar construction means traffic pattern changes

April 1, 2013
WTOP
By Nick Iannelli

Monday was the first day of construction for the D.C. Streetcar Project and traffic will be affected along H Street and Benning Road. The work is scheduled for completion by mid-June

Streetcar Construction Resumes Today

April 1, 2013
DCist
By Benjamin R. Freed

The next phase of the construction of the forthcoming streetcar along H Street and Benning Road NE began Monday with crews laying track for the line’s western turnaround.

D.C. streetcar construction begins Monday

April 1, 2013
Washington Business Journal
By Staff

Work on the D.C. Streetcar Project, which aims to help make getting around parts of the District a little easier, kicks off Monday on H Street and Benning Road.

March

DC Streetcar Project construction begins Monday

March 31, 2013
WJLA
By Staff

A project to make getting around parts of the District a little easier and a bit more fun kicks off Monday. This article has been updated to include quotes from Nick Nicholson about traffic pattern disruptions.

No New Taxes in $10.1 Billion DC Budget

March 29, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

DC Mayor Vincent Gray sent his $10.1 billion budget to the District Council Thursday that included the beginning of a $400 million, six-year investment in the District’s streetcar program and a $6.2 million annual operating subsidy.

Mayor Vincent Gray proposes millions for streetcars, Skyland, NoMa parks, housing

March 28, 2013
Biz Journals
By Michael Neibauer

Mayor Gray’s new budget proposal provides $400 million for streetcar capital construction over six years and $6.2 million to operate the initial streetcar line in 2014. By the end of the decade, District leaders hope to have a streetcar line running from Minnesota Avenue NE to Georgetown.

Streetcars, parks, and libraries get boost in Gray budget

March 28, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

Streetcars were given$400 million in the 6-year capital plan unveiled today, which should fund completing the first line from Minnesota Avenue to Georgetown, engineering the Anacostia line, and studies for north-south lines such as Georgia Avenue. The operating budget contains $6.2 million to start running the streetcar, which Gray continues to promise will roll by the end of the calendar year.

Georgetown Adds Business Experts to Help Grow Economy

March 28, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) recently hired Jonathon Kass as transportation director. He’ll put his experience to work looking at transportation issues ranging from a new streetcar line to parking.

Gray, in budget, proposes $100M overhaul of MLK Library

March 28, 2013
Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposed budget includes continued funding for the city’s planned streetcar system — enough to complete a line running from Georgetown to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station and to do preliminary work on a line through the Anacostia neighborhood.

Urbanist Bracket Challenge: Sweet 16

March 27, 2013
The Atlantic Cities
By Henry Grabar

In the “Urbanist Tookit Bracket Challenge,” Harriet Tregoning, planning director for the District of Columbia, has streetcar winning it all.

District Digest: Of murderers and mayoral candidates

March 27, 2013
Vox Populi
By Ryan Greene

Muriel Bowser has decided to run in the next election for D.C. Mayor against incumbent Vincent Gray. Bowser has listed schools, streetcars, and bridges as examples of projects that demonstrate Gray’s incompetency.

Local Editorial: Streetcars are D.C.’s ‘Stumptown Slug’

March 24, 2013
Washington Examiner
By Staff

D.C. officials are finalizing plans to complete the $50 million H Street/Benning Road streetcar line by the end of this year, claiming it will “link neighborhoods with a modern, convenient, and attractive transportation alternative.”

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

March 23, 2013
Urban Places and Spaces
By Richard Layman

The various projects along H street that are intended to stabilize the corridor may not contribute fundamentally to the improvements of the H Street of today.

Reading the Leaves in the White Teapot

March 21, 2013
Nolafugees
By Christine Horn

The demography of New Orleans is ever changing, but the streetcars are ever-important. Streetcars are being sought after in Minneapolis, Washington DC, Atlanta, Milwaukee and many other American cities in an attempt to build up their vibrancy.

 

Streetcars, Desired

March 18, 2013
National Geographic Intelligent Travel
By George W. Stone

New streetcar lines in Tucson, Arizona, St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington, D.C. will debut in 2014, reviving streetcars as the in-vogue way to go.

Task force sets goal of 10,000 affordable units

March 13, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Elizabeth Falcon

Mayor Vincent Gray’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force has issued its report on the District’s housing direction which includes an emphasis on affordable housing near streetcars and transit hubs.

Height Made Right

March 13, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Weiner

With a repeal of the Washington, D.C. Heights Act, developers may be persuaded to build along struggling corridors like Benning Road NE, the planned streetcar route, which could give a boost to the local economies.

In 2012, nearly 2M D.C. parking tickets issued

March 11, 2013
WTOP
By Ari Ashe

In response to the nearly 2 million parking tickets issued in Washington, D.C. in 2012, DDOT and D.C.’s Office of Planning are promoting alternative driving and parking options, such as trains, buses, Capital Bikeshare and car-sharing services. Later this year, residents also could have the option of streetcars between Union Station and Benning Road on H Street Northeast.

United Streetcar’s Chandra Brown appointed to U.S. Commerce post

March 6, 2013
Portland Business Journal
By Erik Siemers

President Barack Obama appointed Chandra Brown, CEO of Clackamas-based United Streetcar LLC, to the position of U.S. Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing. Brown will help shape national policy as it relates to increasing domestic manufacturing and job creation through manufacturing.

Cyclists must prevent themselves from becoming two-wheeled targets

March 6, 2013
Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

Mayor Vincent Gray’s sustainability plan is filled with transportation goals for the next two decades that focus on expanding options for travel by bike, streetcar, bus and foot. The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock notes that “walking and riding will make participants healthier, but they are not contact sports.”

H.A. Griswold and Anacostia’s streetcar story

March 6, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By John Muller and Jason Levinn

When the streetcar eventually returns to the Anacostia neighborhood, it will be more than 150 years since the industrious spirit of Henry A. Griswold and his investors developed the first horse-drawn line connecting communities on the east and west sides of the Potomac River. The first streetcar since 1962 will soon start running in DC on a 1.1-mile test track the District Department of Transportation has built along South Capitol Street.

Harry Jaffe: Cars losing war for D.C. streets

March 5, 2013
Washington Examiner
By Harry Jaffe

In Washington D.C., cars are losing the battle of the road. There are fewer cars and significantly more bikes, buses and new mass transit options—which will eventually include streetcars—in part due to  Mayor Vincent Gray’s proposals to make D.C. among the greenest cities in the world.

What’s our vision for a next generation of transit?

March 4, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Amy Custis

The Coalition for Smarter Growth wants to engage residents in a campaign to win a new transit vision and the funding to implement it. A new report from the group is both a call to action and a baseline resource.

D.C. DOT unveils redesigned streetcar site

March 1, 2013
Metro Magazine
By Staff

The District Department of Transportation has unveiled a redesigned website for the DC Streetcar program and this development represents a key advancement aimed at improving how DDOT goes about informing and engaging the community as the project moves forward.

February

DC Streetcar redesigns website

February 27, 2013
WJLA
By Staff

DCStreetcar.com has been redesigned to feature current and future lines, construction impacts, photos and videos, latest news, and an interactive event calendar.

Residents Protest Streetcar ‘Barn’

February 27, 2013
AFRO Newspaper
By Teria Rogers

Local leaders believe the historical significance of the Spingarn location will be jeopardized by the planned construction and want DDOT to explore other location options for the car barn.

DC finishes streetcar…. website

February 27, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is stepping up its communication around the streetcar project, with a new website, a meeting to update residents last night, and better efforts to engage neighbors on issues like the maintenance facility on Benning Road.

Can Washington, DC Be the World Sustainability Capital?

February 26, 2013
Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy Blog
By Ethan Goffman

DC has already made amazing strides in sustainability in the last five years, adding green buildings, a streetcar (with the launch coming this year), expanded bicycle lanes, and creating the nation’s premier bikeshare network.

Behold, New Streetcar Barn Renderings!

February 25, 2013
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Weiner

DDOT’s two new variants of the car barn design are more subdued and better match the landmarked school the car barn will neighbor. The Historic Preservation Office likes these designs much better.

D.C. Unveils New Renderings of H Street Car Barn

February 25, 2013
DCist
By Martin Austermuhle

DDOT recently unveiled revised renderings of the proposed $50 million streetcar training and maintenance facility set to be placed on the campus of Spingarn High School along Benning Road NE. The car barn is one of the last puzzle pieces in the long-awaited H Street NE streetcar.

Streetcar car barn design improves in latest round

February 25, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

DDOT has presented two new design concepts for the streetcar maintenance facility. The DC Historic Preservation Review Board will discuss the designs that are more urban and unobtrusive than the original plans.

Washington DC Unveils Gamechanging Sustainable DC Plan

February 22, 2013
Sustainable Business
By Staff

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced new goals for his Sustainable DC plan, which include completing 37 miles of streetcar network among its targets and actions to be completed by 2032.

DC Unveils Sustainability Plan

February 22, 2013
Environmental Leader
By Staff

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced new goals for his Sustainable DC plan, which include completing 37 miles of streetcar network among its targets and actions to be completed by 2032.

Mayor Gray Releases ‘Sustainable DC Plan’

February 22, 2013
The Washington Informer
By Staff

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced new goals for his Sustainable DC plan, which include completing 37 miles of streetcar network among its targets and actions to be completed by 2032.

More Georgetown Premium Transit Service Meetings Planned

February 22, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

The District Department of Transportation will continue to rely on public input as it develops a plan to improve transit service between Union Station and the Georgetown waterfront. Premium transit could include a new express bus line, bus rapid transit, a streetcar, or even light rail transit.

Streetcars Are More Flexible About Capacity

February 20, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

The capacity of streetcars is more flexible than that of buses. While buses are more nimble in some ways, streetcars have the edge when it comes to carrying capacity and are customizable for high-capacity service in ways that aren’t available for buses.

What Does the Sustainability Plan Say About Bikes?

February 20, 2013
Tales from the Sharrows
By Brian

Mayor Gray’s new sustainability plan is relevant to the D.C. biking community in that it calls for new Bikeshare stations near new Streetcar and Circulator bus stops.

Gray Says Environmental Plan Will Make D.C. ‘Most Livable City’ in U.S.

February 20, 2013
DCist
By Benjamin R. Freed

The Sustainable D.C. plan, first announced by the Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in mid-2011, calls for sweeping changes to the way the city obtains its energy, food, and water, and to how D.C. residents carry out their lives. The transportation phase of Gray’s plan hinges on the streetcar system being implemented.

Ray LaHood: “Sitting on the Sidelines Doesn’t Accomplish Anything”

February 14, 2013
DC Streetsblog
By Tanya Snyder

The second installment of an interview with outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Like the first installment, LaHood does not reference the DC Streetcar project directly but does note that streetcar initiatives have been his favorite projects on which to work. He notes that these projects come from innovative thinking and that people know that they help build communities.

Washington’s Long Term Plan for Bikes and Mass Transit: We Move

February 13, 2013
A Better Washington
By Elisa Poteat

DDOT director Terry Bellamy expressed his commitment to making sure that the streetcars are running as soon as possible. He also explained his belief that economic development follows permanent transportation modes like streetcars and light rail.

The Ray LaHood Exit Interview

February 13, 2013
DC Streetsblog
By Tanya Snyder

An interview with outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss his career. He noted that the position was the best job he ever had, “a job where you can really get a lot of good things done, a lot of significant things.” He went on to note several of the accomplishments of his department, including the implementation of a streetcar project around the country, but he did not reference the DC Streetcar project directly.

DC taxi panel recommends solid red color

February 13, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

DC taxis will be red by 2018 if the city adopts a recommendation from a DC Taxicab Commission committee. There is widespread support for the red design because it will blend well with the Circulator bus, Capital Bikeshare bikes, and future streetcars.

Streetcars in D.C. in 2013? Gray says yes

February 11, 2013
WTOP
By Jamie Forzato

DC will see streetcars by then end of 2013, according to Mayor Vincent Gray’s statement at the MoveDC Idea Exchange held Saturday.

Idea Exchange moves DC toward transportation fun

February 11, 2013
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

Mayor Vincent Gray opened his remarks with a clear message: “There might be a lot of traffic, but more cars are not the answer. Instead, the District will invest in streetcars, buses, biking, and walking.

Gray says DC streetcar project will be completed this year

February 11, 2013
The DC Spotlight
By Hanna Mangold

Mayor Vincent Gray reassured residents at a meeting on Sunday that the DC streetcar plan was still on schedule for completion by the end of the year. He did, however, warn the crowd that once the necessary electric lines were laid and the cars installed, there would be a further testing period before opening to the paying public.

Video: Old Footage of 82 Streetcar Line

February 10, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

Shows the streetcar line 82 video and noted that DDOT is looking at other possible expansions- with newer and sleeker cars- throughout the city with the current DC Streetcar project.

Ride the Rhode Island Ave Streetcar from DC to College Park

February 6, 2013
Riverdale Park- University Park Patch
By Michael Theis

Posted a video recently posted on Greater Greater Washington which follows the old DC Transit streetcar line 82 from 5th and G streets NW north to College Park. The article noted that the question of “why not rebuild the trolley” was raised and received active response. Theis noted that DDOT is constructing the first phase of a planned three phase streetcar network throughout the city.

Union Station to Georgetown Transit Service Under Consideration

February 6, 2013
Georgetown Patch
By Shaun Courtney

Announces a Public Meeting scheduled for February 20 to seek input on transit modes and routes for connecting Georgetown and Union Station. The article points out a recent RFP for a streetcar system in the District, including a possible line running from Union Station to K Street. The article also asks if a streetcar should travel on Massachusetts Avenue.

WAMU: Spingarn Alumni Brace for Closure

February 6, 2013
Frozen Tropics
By Staff

Summary of an article about Spingarn High School alumni published by WAMU on February 1. The short piece notes that authorities have pledged to renovate the school and will likely incorporate a streetcar maintenance facility.

January

Gray lauds LaHood’s tenure as transportation chief

January 30, 2013
The Washington Post
By Tim Craig

On LaHood’s announcement that he is stepping down at U.S. Secretary of Transportation, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray praised his work, including his efforts in creating more bicycle lanes and the plans for a streetcar network within the city.

D.C. Streetcars Not Likely Before 2014

January 29, 2013
NBC4
By Adam Tuss

Despite the multi-year planning stage for a D.C. streetcar system, it’s looking more and more likely that it will be 2014 at the earliest before any streetcar carries riders in D.C.

The week ahead: Watch the weather as well as the roads

January 28, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Thomson

Status of the DC Streetcar – notes that DDOT hopes to have the Benning Road line open by the end of the year and will therefore continue construction along the corridor.

DC Metro expansion, or “Tunnels, tunnels, tunnels”

January 24, 2013
This Land Rumbles Blog
By Luke

Updates to the District’s public transit system, noting that DDOT is “finalizing plans to complete the H Street/Benning Road line of the long-anticipated streetcar network, expected to start revenue-service this summer.”

Q&A: Discussing D.C. Metro’s $26 Billion Wish List

January 24, 2013
Wall Street Journal
By Tim Hanrahan

Q&A with David Alpert, the editor of popular urbanism and transport site Greater Greater Washington, about the plan for the nation’s second busiest subway system.

United Streetcar delivers first car to Portland

January 23, 2013
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

United Streetcar has delivered the first of five streetcars for the Portland Streetcar months behind schedule, and suggests that United Streetcar may have been too ambitious in attempting to supply three different cities, including Washington, D.C.

New Orleans Sees Revival of Historic Streetcars

January 22, 2013
NBA Jerseys Blog
By OCS Admin

Update on the progress of New Orleans streetcars but references all of the streetcars to be inaugurated in 2013, including the Washington, D.C. streetcar system.

David Catania has left his job with M.C. Dean

January 14, 2013
The Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis

During Catania’s time at M.C. Dean, the firm pursued big-ticket D.C. contracts, including the $50 million streetcar construction project.

The year ahead: A top 10 list of transportation projects to watch

January 6, 2013
The Washington Post
By Robert Thomson and Mark Berman

D.C. Streetcar is included in the list of top 10 transportation projects to watch in 2013, noting that DDOT officials hope they can begin operating the city’s first modern streetcar line by the end of 2013.

Cover story: Streetcar fans see development following tracks

January 3, 2013
The Washington Times
By Lisa Rauschart

The progress of the streetcar system on H Street is featured in a larger piece about streetcars in the DC area, noting that “streetcars have become a phenomenon in a number of urban settings, accompanying the revitalization of urban and town centers.”

December

Streetcars To Open In D.C. For First Time Since 1962

December 14, 2012
WMAL
By Martin Di Caro

For the first time since 1962 streetcars will carry passengers in the District of Columbia when the H Street/Benning road line opens as early as the end of next year.

D.C. to Start Testing Streetcars Next Spring

December 14, 2012
Transportation Nation
By Martin Di Caro

The first three streetcars to roll down new tracks in the District of Columbia will be ready for testing next spring, DDOT officials said at a news briefing on Thursday.

A capital system keeps growing

December 14, 2012
Railway Age
By Douglas John Bowen

Past and present projects of Washington Metrorail. The article details the new streetcar system, noting that WMATA is aiding DDOT in the advancement of the streetcar network.

Start seeing streetcars soon

December 13, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

DDOT officials gave the press an update on the streetcar program today.

D.C. Officials Confident That Streetcars Will Roll in 2013

December 13, 2012
DCist
By Martin Austermuhle

At a press briefing today, D.C. officials expressed confidence that they could meet deadlines to have the 2.2-mile streetcar segment rolling on schedule—late 2013—even if a newly granted historic designation for Spingarn High School does delay the design and construction of a planned streetcar maintenance and training facility on the school’s campus.

“Bike bays” make left turns safer

December 6, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

A report on bike bays, which cities like San Francisco are using to protect bicyclists as they prepare to make left turns across congested traffic, which includes streetcars.

Should streetcar go to Minnesota Ave or Benning Rd Metro?

December 5, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By Malcolm Kenton

The November 27 public meeting regarding the Benning Road Extension Feasibility study is featured – noting many decisions remain including whether to end the line at Minnesota Avenue or Benning Road metro stations and whether streetcars will run alongside the curb or in the road’s median.

November

Historic landmark latest DC streetcar obstacle

November 30, 2012
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

Timing and progress of construction in light of the Spingarn landmark decision, noting that the timing will depend on “how quickly we can get the Historic Preservation Review Board to sign off on the design.”

HPRB Approves Spingarn Landmarking. Next: The Car Barn Fight

November 29, 2012
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

The Historic Preservation Review Board’s designation of Spingarn Senior High School as a historic landmark and posed the question of what the landmarking will mean for the planned streetcar barn on the Spingarn campus.

D.C. news in brief

November 22, 2012
The Washington Post
By Staff

Announcement of DDOT’s final public meeting on the Benning Road streetcar feasibility study set for Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

There are many strategies for mixing bikes & streetcars

November 19, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By Matt Johnson

A follow up on Dan Malouff’s article from November 2 about the bike sneak, a safety feature used in Seattle to help bicyclists. Explores other strategies being used across the country in cities with streetcars to help keep bicyclists safe.

States running out of money for roads, transit

November 17, 2012
The Washington Examiner
By Rachel Baye and Steve Contorno

Mentions the streetcar line in the H Street corridor in a larger piece about lack of funds for transportation projects in Maryland and Virginia noting that officials have turned to public-private partnerships to pay for projects.

Ward 5 needs a vision beyond “no bus/streetcar parking”

November 16, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

DC’s Ward 5 faces issues because it is the “farthest away from the kind of walkable mixed-use patterns in highest demand today. If the facilities are likely to end up in Ward 5 despite opposition, perhaps there is an opportunity to design them to be assets to the area.

McDuffie suggests a Bladensburg Rd MARC or Metro station

November 15, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By Dan Malouff

Proposes another solution to DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s desire to look into a Metro or MARC station at the corner of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road – streetcar access.

Spingarn Likely to Close, Carbarn Implications?

November 13, 2012
Frozen Tropics
By Staff

DCPS closings and the potential effect on the proposed car barn, but refused to speculate on the implications of the closing on the streetcar barn.

DCPS closing 20 schools, including Spingarn

November 13, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert and Ken Archer

Announces the closure of 20 schools, including Springarn and notes that DCPS has alternate plans for the building.

DDOT pleased by streetcar RFI responses

November 8, 2012
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

DDOT’s Request For Information (RFI) responses, noting that the 20 responses were sufficient for DDOT to pursue the next steps to making the streetcar network a reality.

TRANSIT: D.C. moves forward with streetcar initiative

November 8, 2012
Roads & Bridges
By Staff

DDOT’s Request For Information (RFI) responses, noting that the 20 responses were sufficient for DDOT to pursue the next steps to making the streetcar network a reality.

The DC Streetcar Route, Animated

November 8, 2012
Curbed DC
By Amy Rose Dobson

Shares the animated renderings and YouTube videos of the Spingarn design and linked to DC Streetcar website for more information.

Behold, Streetcar Barn Renderings!

November 5, 2012
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

Shares the renderings of the Spingarn High School Streetcar barn, including a series of photos and the DDOT YouTube video of the animated rendering of the proposed car barn training center.

D.C. Council at-large candidates on the issues

November 3, 2012
The Washington Post
By Tim Craig

Questions concerning key issues around the D.C. elections for the two D.C. Council seats including whether they agree with plans to build a $1 billion streetcar network, and if so, how would they pay for it.

Spingarn car barn design sounds good, but isn’t public

November 1, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

DDOT’s presentation to the Historic Preservation Review Board, noting that the concept “sounds like a good design,” but that the design has not been released publicly.

October

2012 ANC 6D02 Candidate Questionnaire: Ed Kaminski

October 30, 2012
JDLand.com
By Staff

A questionnaire by Ed Kaminski, an ANC commissioner candidate for 6D02, the Capitol Riverfront community – Kaminski emphasizes the importance of connecting the Capitol Riverfront with “important hubs of transportation such as Union Station and Downtown with bike and streetcar services.

D.C. readies streetcar tests

October 22, 2012
RailwayAge
By Douglas John Bowen

Upcoming streetcar tests this winter in Anacostia along S. Capitol Street.

D.C. Mayor Gray sets up task force for proposed streetcar system

October 22, 2012
Progressive Railroading
By Staff

The establishment of the Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force and details the issues that the task force will help Mayor Gray address, including funding sources and forms of governance for the emerging streetcar system.

Vincent Gray creates streetcar task force

October 19, 2012
Washington Business Journal
By Staff

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced the creation of a Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force, which will develop recommendations for funding and oversight of the city’s emerging streetcar system.

Gray creates streetcar task force

October 18, 2012
Washington Examiner
By Liz Farmer

The creation of Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force by D.C. Mayor Gray – includes information on members of the panel and the issues that the task force will address regarding the future DC Streetcar system.

When All Else Fails, Convene a Task Force

October 18, 2012
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Weiner

Hoping to get things back on track, Mayor Vince Gray just announced a new task force on financing and governance for the streetcar.

Mayor Gray Announces Streetcar Financing & Governance Task Force

October 18, 2012
POPville
By Prince of Petworth

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced he has established a Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force to advise him on potential sources of funding and forms of governance for the District of Columbia’s emerging streetcar system.

Connecting with Joe Sternlieb

October 17, 2012
The Georgetown Dish
By Judith Beermann

Interview with Joe Sternlieb, the new CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). Mentions the revival of the streetcar system and working with the mayor’s streetcar “Task Force.”

The Catania Conundrum

October 17, 2012
Washington City Paper
By Alan Suderman

Profiles of M.C. Dean’s CEO Bill Dean and Vice President of Corporate Strategy Councilmember David Catania – mentions M.C. Dean’s win of the $50 million contract to build part of the new streetcar system.

Meet the Candidates, Andrew Hysell, ANC 6A06

October 16, 2012
The Hill is Home
By Staff

Statements from ANC candidates running for seats on Capitol Hill, including Andrew Hysell – commenting on city bureaucracy, which has created “unnecessary delays for the [streetcar] project” in a time when the need for mass transit options is growing.

DC Streetcar Looks East

October 11, 2012
Hill Rag
By Dana Bell

Discussion on the feasibility of expanding the line across the river.

Street Car Delayed…Again

October 10, 2012
Frozen Tropics
By Staff

Calls attention to the timing of the petition filed by Kingman Park Civic Association to have Spingarn designated as historic.

Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Streetcar

October 9, 2012
Washington City Paper
By Aaron Wiener

District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy said that the controversy over the proposed car barn on the campus of Springarn High School, and the related historic landmark nomination for the campus, could delay the streetcar’s arrival by 90 days.

D.C. ponders PCC streetcar option

October 9, 2012
Railway Age
By Douglas John Bowen

DDOT is considering the purchase of vintage President’s Conference Committee streetcars (PCCs) as part of its efforts to restore streetcar service to DC.

Competing visions of mass transit for the Charles St. corridor

October 1, 2012
The Baltimore Sun
By Candy Thomson

Ideas are beginning to surface for a streetcar system along Charles Street and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD – more than 75 streetcar initiatives are in the planning stages in North America, including the first leg of the Washington, DC streetcar system that will open on H Street during the summer of 2013.

Could Vancouver’s ferries work in the Anacostia?

October 1, 2012
Greater Greater Washington
By David Alpert

A look at the ferry system of Vancouver’s False Creek and how a similar system may work on the Anacostia River, connecting sites on Buzzard Point, Poplar Point and Anacostia Park and tie-in to the streetcar system.