DC Streetcar in the News
A report on the DC Streetcar overhead wires being energized.
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.”
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.
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.
The DC Transit Days event has been held annually for the past nine years and this year the DC Streetcar team held its exhibit.
Details answering streetcar FAQ’s including addressing the question of why they are coming back.
A summary of seven game-changers who will transform the Washington scene in 2014, which includes Ronaldo “Nick” Nicholson, the Department of Transportation’s chief engineer.
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.
Details on the streetcar’s delivery to the DC Streetcar testing and commissioning site on South Capitol Street in Anacostia.
A live report on the arrival of the Streetcar showing resident’s excitement, along with an interview with Mayor Vincent Gray.
A video of the Streetcar arriving, along with a brief discussion of its history.
A video showing the Streetcar rolling off its transport and onto the tracks.
A look at the four-mile-per-hour dead wire pull test, and the safety testing that will take place in the next few months.
A post mentioning testing of the Streetcar.
A look at what’s coming up in the next six months’ transit news for the DC metro area.
A look at the transportation improvements that have come to Washington, D.C., since the last government shutdown in 1995.
Conversations with H Street merchants and neighbors about what the streetcar will mean for their businesses and neighborhood.
Details on traffic restrictions on 12th Street NE between G and H Streets due to the installation of the Midline Traction Power Substation on Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11.
An in-depth look at the specific challenges of building a new streetcar along the busy H Street Corridor.
An in-depth look at the construction of H Street’s streetcar line and how local merchants are preparing for its arrival.
A report on DDOT’s year-long study for the proposed north-south streetcar line.
A story about the proposed 22 mile streetcar network, including a north-south line from Takoma to Buzzard Point.
An article clarifying the schedule for DDOT’s proposed 22 mile streetcar system.
An assessment of the feasibility of DDOT’s plan to build a 22 mile streetcar system in five years.
A report on DDOT’s study for a possible streetcar line between Buzzard Point and Takoma.
A report on DC’s Inclusionary Zoning housing program, which is designed to increase housing diversity along streetcar routes and in other coveted areas.
A repost of a New York Times slideshow of H Street’s new features, including DC Streetcar.
A list of this weekend’s notable events that envisions streetcar service for future H Street Festivals.
A story on the growing pains of Metro’s Silver Line and the potential challenges of coordinating dissimilar transportation options like DC Streetcar into the area’s transit system.
A story on the Navy Yard shooting’s implications for the surrounding community that mentions M Street’s streetcar plans.
A preview of the restaurants and attractions that will be featured atop H Street’s streetcar tracks during the upcoming 2013 H Street Festival.
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 post covering the streetcar renaissance that is occurring throughout the nation that details some cities’ projects, including DC Streetcar.
A story on one real estate firm’s plans to acquire more properties in D.C. based on future growth projections, which are fueled by developments like H Street’s streetcar service.
A post showing the installation of the first Overhead Catenary System (OCS) pole for H Street’s streetcar tracks.
A report on the closure of one of Union Station’s restaurants that mentions the plans for streetcar service to the station.
Residents express mixed feelings about a proposed streetcar line in this post on the proposed development of Southwest D.C.
This letter cites D.C.’s current and future transit options, including streetcar, as examples of a more effective strategy compared to Michigan’s highway-focused transportation projects.
A story on the revitalization of Downtown D.C. that talks about plans for streetcar service.
An analysis of the new WMATA Metrorail map which notes the absence of H Street’s streetcar line.
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.
A question and answer session excerpt explaining the rationale behind H Street’s streetcar track construction.
A visual update on H Street’s streetcar track construction.
An article mentioning that streetcars may one day be seen on the new 11th Street Bridge.
A post on the proposed creation of a District Transportation Authority which could be used to determine the source of DC Streetcar’s funding.
A response to a reader’s concerns about DC Streetcar.
A post on the revitalization of Franklin Square that mentions K Street’s future streetcar service.
Information on how new DC Streetcar construction will impact motorists on Benning Road.
A report on how the finishing touches to Benning Road’s streetcar tracks will create traffic delays for residents and commuters.
A story citing a letter from local officials that calls systems like DC Streetcar “cost effective and a better match to urban infrastructure.”
A repost of a story from WJLA on the potential dangers DC Streetcar tracks pose to cyclists.
A profile of United Streetcar, developers of the cars used for the H Street/Benning Road Line.
A post pointing out how DC’s potential 2024 Olympic bid could expedite Streetcar construction.
A piece on how the long-awaited DC Streetcar system will bring new development to H Street and improve the lives of its residents.
An article mentioning how the District, among other cities, recognized streetcar as a vehicle to attract people and investment.
A post discussing how a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics could act as boon to DC Streetcar development.
A repost of a piece skeptical of the merits of DC Streetcar over Metrobus.
A report on August’s DC Streetcar open house which lists some of the system’s key features.
A look at how one private building influenced the design of M Street’s forthcoming cycletrack and why it could impact future DC Streetcar tracks.
An overview of DC Streetcar and how it could boost property values in the surrounding area.
A column detailing one guest’s experience at last week’s DC Streetcar Community Open House.
A post sharing information on how bike riders can stay safe while traveling around H Street’s streetcar tracks.
A recap of last week’s DC Streetcar Community Open House.
A post covering the impending completion of the H Street and Benning Road NE streetcar line with footage of previous streetcar operations.
An article covering the history of DC Streetcars, costs of the project and how it will affect the District.
A story outlining the many ways DC Streetcar could usher in a prosperous new era for local residents and businesses.
Article and video covers the DC Streetcar open house, cost of vehicles, installation and public opinion of the project.
Article covers the DC Streetcar open house and includes two interviews: one featuring Councilmember Anita Bonds and new Operator Eric Anderson and one with DC Streetcar Spokesperson Dara Ward.
A blog posts about a trip around DC and mentions streetcars coming to the District soon.
An article covers the process of bringing streetcars to Anacostia, goals of the project, possible alternatives, community response and next steps.
A post invites residents to attend the DC Streetcar open house and explains what they can expect to see at the event.
A Weekend Wakeup post covers local news and an update on streetcar construction along H Street, Benning Road and the Car Barn Training Center.
A post of the Ward 5 Report from the office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie highlights announcements in the Ward and the DC Streetcar open house.
An interview with Mayor Gray and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy covers the D.C. Streetcar system and the transportation improvements citizens can expect.
Operation Lifesaver announced it will fund eight educational transit rail safety projects around the county, including an outreach campaign for DC Streetcar.
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.
A post covers mixed-traffic streetcars and funding of the H Street streetcar line in D.C.
An article highlights alternative transportation options in the District to eliminate car travel, such as Capital BikeShare, Segway and trolley.
A slideshow featuring the exciting new sights and sounds of H Street, including DC Streetcar.
Layman suggests that a National Mall-focused heritage (replica) streetcar service to serve visitors is a way bigger idea than a parking garage under the Mall. He hopes DC will integrate part of this line to go into Rosslyn with their streetcar planning going to Georgetown.
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.
A federal judge has denied a D.C. neighborhood organization’s bid to immediately stop the installation of infrastructure critical to the 2.2-mile H Street/Benning Road streetcar line. Beyond DC and DCist tweeted a link to the article, and it was also posted on Washington City Paper.
A video about the streetcar tracks on H Street and how it affects bikers. Dara Ward is quoted in the video. Washington City Paper linked to this article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
An article summarizes the term sheet signed by Mayor Gray and D.C. United managing partner Jason Levien, and explains how the District will be responsible for extending its proposed streetcar system to the stadium.
An article discusses negotiations to build the D.C. United stadium, including transportation options like a streetcar line.
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.
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.
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.
A blog post informs readers to be prepared for a work zone along H Street and a sidewalk closure while streetcar construction occurs over the next two months.
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.
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 Herald, The Sacramento Bee, and Finance & Commerce.
Video footage of a new DC Streetcar is featured. Dara Ward is quoted in the video.
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.
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.”
An article on streetcar tests highlighting the “dead man” feature, where emergency brakes activate if the operator takes his or her hand off the controls for two seconds. This article was also picked up by The Washington Post, Greater Greater Washington, Washington City Paper, DC Curbed and A Honey of an Anklet.
An article about housing options near the H Street NE neighborhood, which is “set within blocks of Union Station and the upcoming streetcar line” which will “reportedly in place by the end of this year.”
Washington City Paper elaborates on the Walter Reed proposals. Weiner mentions the future Georgia Avenue streetcar.
Urban Places and Spaces comments on the Washington Post article on the Metro’s union labor fight against the bus system privatization from earlier this week.
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.
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.”
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.
An update on how DDOT has recently paired down their Anacostia Streetcar plans from 10 to two alternatives. A link to this article was also posted on Washington City Paper.
An expansion on an article on Metro bus privatization that was posted on July 18. The July 19 article states, DDOT Chief Engineer Nick Nicholson is quoted stating DDOT’s “search for a transit contractor is solely designed to create “the most effective, user-friendly, state-of-the-art transportation system” possible.
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.
An interview with Jonathan Weidman, who is deemed Atlanta’s “streetcar ambassador.” It mentions Weidman’s departure from Atlanta to come to D.C. to work on the streetcar project. This article was also cross-posted in Atlanta Blackstar.
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.
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 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.
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.”
An article about parking in D.C. as it relates to the proximity to “Metro, streetcar, or high-frequency bus lines.” This article also appeared in The Washington Post.
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&dat, Daily Journal and The Tribune.
A post about The Midtown Group’s involvement in new hires for the DC Streetcar system.
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.
A report on the ‘Living Wage’ Bill and Wal-Mart’s objections to it. Councilmember Vincent Orange argues “against the future vision of having a streetcar line run up Bladensburg with a big-box retail store as the endpoint.”
A blog post about Milwaukee streetcars, Portland Streetcar, and DC Streetcar. The author believes that DC Streetcar is an example of a “viable public transportation alternative that would work in the Prince George’s County suburbs that extend beyond the 495 Beltway.”
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.
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.”
A post about the streetcar’s return to D.C. this summer. DC Streetcar will bring service to customers, and bring new jobs to D.C. residents.
A guest post from Mayor Vincent C. Gray who talks about the importance of sustainability in Washington, DC amidst rising environmental concerns. He mentions the opening of the “first new streetcar line by 2014.”
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 Journal, Washington City Paper, My FOXdc.com, Daily Journal, DC Spotlight, re:wardfive, The Tribune, The Republic, Chantilly Foreclosure Listings, Lorton Foreclosure Listings and Denver News.
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.
An article that picked up the press release issued about the new hires for the DC Streetcar system.
A report about old streetcar tunnels that run beneath Dupont Circle that also includes a blurb about the DC Streetcar timeline.
A re-cap of the Director’s Council testimony from Monday which includes an update on DC Streetcar progress for H Street and Benning Road.
A posting about traffic and pedestrian restrictions that will begin on Monday, July 8 due to the streetcar construction.
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.
D.C. officials say they are hopeful the city’s new streetcar system will be up and running by the end of the year.
Bellamy said it was about a 2 in 3 chance that the streetcars will go live before 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A contrast between the rider comfort for streetcars versus busses. Streetcar supporters say rail is smoother and more comfortable and therefore appeals to more people.
The greater Washington, D.C. area will continue to see the construction of major mass transit projects. These projects include the District’s $1.2 billion, 22-mile streetcar line.
DC will be the next city to have streetcars after Portland and Tucson.
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.”
A post about a Community Information Fair that DDOT will be hosting this Thursday about DC Streetcar updates.
A piece about mostly bicycling and cyclists that notes DC transportation officials want to help the cyclists to avoid the streetcar tracks.
An opinion about the future of streetcar signs. The sign that is discussed in the article is on South Capitol Street.
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.
A report on a public meeting that will be held by DDOT for a DC Streetcar update.
An opinion about how D.C. planners and transportation bureaucracy should be more concerned about roads than “streetcars, bicycle lanes and walkable neighborhoods.”
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.”
A report about DDOT’s plans to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) for two important Megaprojects. The first is the Integrated Premium Transit System project, and the other is the South Capitol Street Corridor project.
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.”
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.
This article addresses streetcar service in Portland, and mentions Washington DC’s streetcar order with United Streetcar.
An article about the DC’s selection to host the International Pow Wow (IPW) by the International U.S. Travel Association. The article comments on streetcars that will be functioning along the H Street NE corridor.
This report discusses the neighborhood development of H Street NE and the city’s plans to begin running a streetcar this year or next.
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.
DDOT is preparing to roll out RFQ’s for a pair of transportation megaprojects, including the DC Streetcar system.
A report on the current testing of the new streetcar system as well as the economic benefits of the DC Streetcar system.
A report on Minneapolis’ efforts to construct a city streetcar system. The article mentions DC’s plans to build a streetcar line.
A report on DC Streetcar’s Benning Road construction and how it will affect traffic and public transit in the immediate area.
The addition of the new streetcar system will be beneficial to Washington’s future development.
A report on the proposed transportation options between Union Station and Georgetown. There are several proposals that include the construction of a new streetcar line.
A report on the projected cost/benefit differences between two streetcar lines and a rapid transit bus between Union Station and Georgetown.
A feature on Mayor Gray’s long-term transportation plan, including DC Streetcar.
An analysis of streetcar systems across the country, including DC Streetcar and the growth that has come to H Street Northeast.
A report on the new budget for Washington, D.C. and the appropriation for DC Streetcar.
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.
A look at the potential development projects in the Ivy City neighborhood, including the possibility of a new streetcar.
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.
A feature highlighting the struggles of United Streetcar to deliver their streetcars on time to their Portland, OR client, with references to delayed deliverables to their other clients, specifically DC Streetcar.
A report on Councilman Tommy Wells’ upcoming mayoral announcement, which will be located near the H Street Corridor DC Streetcar project.
DC Streetcar is mentioned in a review of the Smithsonian’s “America on the Move” exhibit, which contains an original DC Streetcar.
A report on the jobs that DC Streetcar will create in the District of Columbia.
Alternative bike lane options along H Street corridor are being explored as a result of heavier traffic and DC Streetcar development.
DC Streetcar is one of the many elements of the rapid resurgence of the H Street Corridor.
DC Streetcar is touted as the District’s soon-to-be newest mode of environmentally friendly transportation.
A report focusing on the need for the H Street/Benning road streetcar line.
An article focusing on a report on the difficulties faced by Portland and the costs associated with the DC Streetcar project.
A feature examining the different types of streetcar, trolley and light-rail transportation modes built, planned or under construction in the DC metro area.
DC Streetcar was mentioned as part of a guest editorial by United Streetcar’s Chairman of the Board.
A report on Mayor Gray’s DC Streetcar press conference.
A wrap-up of the DC Streetcar press conference in their nightly news broadcast.
A look at the history of the DC Streetcar, along with coverage of Mayor Gray’s press conference.
A two-minute wrap up of the Anacostia press conference in their nightly news broadcast.
Coverage of DC Streetcar’s move to Anacostia with a preview of the upcoming opening of the H Street/Benning Road corridor line.
Coverage of the DC Streetcar’s move to Anacostia.
Article and a two-minute radio feature covering Mayor Gray’s press conference.
News from Mayor Gray’s press conference and an outline of the future of the DC Streetcar project.
Streetcars moving from Greenbelt to begin new testing phase in Anacostia.
The arrival of the streetcars at the Anacostia testing site and the planned end-of-year launch of the streetcars.
A feature on Mayor Gray’s press conference, with additional coverage from DCist.
A report on the movement of the streetcars to Anacostia.
Coverage of Mayor Gray’s press conference, along with a look at the costs of the DC Streetcar project.
A live, pre-press conference feature on their morning broadcast.
A report on the fall test runs for DC Streetcar on H Street.
In a short look at new Transportation Secretary nominee Anthony Foxx, DC Streetcar is mentioned in a comparison to the streetcar program in Charlotte, NC.
Washington DC is making final preparations for the new H Street corridor streetcar.
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.
An interview with a local business owner who mentions the benefits of the coming H Street Streetcar.
Mayor Gray’s proposed budget includes additional funding for DC Streetcar.
The Oregonian conducted a live-chat focusing on United Streetcar and the delays affecting their streetcar projects.
The Federal City Council proposed creating a DC Infrastructure Bank. The proposed bank would fund new projects in DC, including streetcars.
On Earth Day, Mayor Gray mentioned DC Streetcar as one of several city-wide initiatives aimed at creating an environmentally-friendly city.
DC Streetcar was mentioned in a story focused on Oregon Iron Works and United Streetcar and the delays that are affecting their streetcar projects.
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.
DC Streetcar was mentioned in an article discussing limited Blue Line service, capacity issues at Rosslyn metro station and WMATA’s metro system as a whole.
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 is referenced as a local model for Baltimore as the city considers adding a streetcar system.
The construction of both the streetcar infrastructure and the streetcars themselves is underway at Oregon Iron Works.
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.
In his traffic and transit tips, Dr. Gridlock shares news that the final phase of construction for H Street/Benning Road streetcar line is underway.
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.
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.
Greater Greater Washington announced DDOT’s public meeting on the Union Station-Georgetown streetcar segment.
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.
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.
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.
A permit was issued Tuesday, April 9 for excavation work for the DC Streetcar on the H Street/Benning road line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Georgetown University and the Georgetown Business Improvement District are requesting that the DC Streetcar project be expanded deeper into the Georgetown area.
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.
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.
While the DC Streetcar system offers important advantages over bus lines, Greater Greater Washington argues that an improved bus network is necessary as well.
The DC Streetcar construction team started work today on building the streetcar system’s Power Substation at the southwest corner of the 12th and H Street.
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.
Within DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2019 Capital Improvements Plan, streetcar lines are to get $400 million.
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.
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
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.
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.
H Street streetcar construction starts up today.
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.
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.
Streetcars are to receive $400 million in Mayor Gray’s proposed budget and the operating budget contains $6.2 million to start running the streetcar.
Mayor Gray’s proposed budget includes projects that will waste taxpayer money. According to initial plans, the $400 mil would be enough to construct a line running from Georgetown to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station as well as do “preliminary work” on a line through Anacostia.
Mayor Gray’s $10.1 billion budget proposal includes a promise to have the first streetcar running by December.
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.
In Mayor Vincent Gray’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, capital investments could permanently alter the face of a growing DC. An estimated $400 million will be spent on streetcars in six years.
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.
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.
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.
In the “Urbanist Tookit Bracket Challenge,” Harriet Tregoning, planning director for the District of Columbia, has streetcar winning it all.
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.
The DC Streetcar construction team will start work April 1 on the installation of OCS (Overhead Cantenary System) foundations at the streetcar route’s Eastern Turnaround on Benning Road. As a result, there will be parking and traffic restrictions.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
D.C. students could learn how to be taxi drivers or repair streetcars through career and technical education programs proposed for Spingarn High School, which is scheduled to be closed as a traditional school in June.
The future D.C. streetcar was one of the stars of the recent Live. Work. Walk. Conference that focused on how DC is making the city more pedestrian-friendly.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C’s Streetcar Program Promises to be a Catalyst for Mobility and Prosperity
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.
If fully implemented, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainability Plan could lead to sweeping changes to the regulatory landscape for the built environment in the city and possibly set a precedent for other parts of the country.
The District Department of Transportation launched DCstreetcar.com, which allows users to obtain information on a variety of issues surrounding the new project, in order to keep the public informed on its new DC Streetcar program.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
A new report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth is the first compilation of the region’s many transit and transportation plans and it summarizes the many benefits of transit to the Washington D.C. region.
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.
DDOT had a meeting Feb. 26 with people who live along the H Street/Benning Road corridor to review the final construction and deployment schedule for the first line, and have added information to a website.
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.
DC has completed 80% of the construction work for the H Street/Benning Road streetcar alignment and the coming months will see great progress in construction.
According to DDOT, work will start on the western segment of the DC streetcar tracks on March 26 and proceed through October.
DCStreetcar.com has been redesigned to feature current and future lines, construction impacts, photos and videos, latest news, and an interactive event calendar.
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.
H Street residents had a chance Tuesday night to voice their concerns and support over the H Street Streetcar project.
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.
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.
DC mayor Vincent Gray’s sustainability plan aims high and there is concern about whether or not agencies can deliver.
DDOT has shared renderings of the new car barn design. Seven photos share different views of the facility.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
The DC metro region may be the home of a light rail line and several streetcar lines in the near future according to regional plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
DC will see streetcars by then end of 2013, according to Mayor Vincent Gray’s statement at the MoveDC Idea Exchange held Saturday.
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.”
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.
DC mayor Vincent Gray continues to support a borrowing cap despite his proposals and support of big-ticket investments, including the $2.5 billion streetcar system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DDOT’s response to the recent suggestion by NBC that the DC streetcar wouldn’t open until 2014. DDOT says they’re still working to begin service in late 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Newly-released long-range strategic plan for Metro discussed, which would possibly a new streetcar bridge from Arlington to D.C.
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 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 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.
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.
DC Streetcar system is considered in a larger piece about the proposal for the light rail line between Union Station and St. Elizabeths, questioning how the north-south link might be integrated into the District’s planned streetcar service.
Highlights some good news for the DC Streetcar, noting that United Streetcars will likely fulfill their contract with D.C. to supply the next round of streetcars.
During Catania’s time at M.C. Dean, the firm pursued big-ticket D.C. contracts, including the $50 million streetcar construction project.
2013 predictions for D.C. real estate. The article notes the uncertainty of the streetcar’s timeline.
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.
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.”
Included in the Annotated Guide to 2012 is a recap about the DC Streetcar system.
Presentation materials are shared from the December 17, 2013, H Street businesses meeting regarding DC Streetcar construction progress and updates.
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.
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.
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.