Construction on the permanent Car Barn Training Center (CBTC II) began in spring 2015 and is expected to be open in 2016. Construction on the first phase of the Car Barn Training Center (CBTC I), which comprises the yard and the temporary storage facility was completed in 2014. The temporary facility houses our six streetcar vehicles while the permanent facility is being constructed.
Have a question about the CBTC not answered here? Feel free to send an email to [email protected] to ask. We’ll be sure to respond as quickly as we can.What exactly is a Car Barn?
The Car Barn, to be located at the corner of Benning Road and 26th Street NE, will initially serve as the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) base and a command center for the H Street/Benning Road line. As the line extends west towards Georgetown and east towards Anacostia, it will serve the entire One City Line. The Car Barn will be the place of work for the opeators, maintenance employees and management. The Car Barn will not serve as a stop, a terminus point or turnaround.
The Car Barn will be well positioned for an adult education program in conjunction with the University of the District of Columbia Community College. The focus of the education programs will be on the growing field of electric vehicle technology and transit systems. As the streetcar program continues to grow, our hope is to have a “homegrown” talent pool to choose from when positions are added to the system or become open.
For comparison, an average McDonald’s is about 4,000 square feet and the Lincoln Memorial is about 22,600 square feet.
These substations provide electrical power to the streetcar motors through the Overhead Catenary System (OCS).
Providing power to the vehicles requires three substations to be placed along the H/Benning corridor. A TPSS only runs when the streetcars are in service, so they are not operating 24/7.
Substations are completely safe and fully enclosed. They do not emit radiation or any other harmful pollutants.
Noise from a TPSS can best be descibed as a quiet, dull hum. You can only hear the TPSS operate if you are standing right beside it.
Noise generated in the CBTC building will be mitigated by a retaining wall on the western side of the property and the materials used for the building itself.
Operating hours have not yet been set, but will be similar to Metro.
DDOT is required to seek final design approval from the board. The design of the CBTC has progressed to the point that the HPRB is confident DDOT will continue to refine the design to reflect their comments and input, as DDOT has thus far. The design process moving forward will be to continue to meet with the HPRB staff until the design is fully approved.
The CBTC will be built in two phases so that passenger service will not be delayed because of the Car Barn. Phase 1 will include the tracks and facilities necessary to support system testing and certification as well as a temporary facility that will house the vehicles until the CBTC is built. Phase 1 is nearly complete.
Phase 2 construction will include the actual Car Barn Training Center building, which will include a conference room intended for community use.
Yes. DDOT will ensure that the building adheres to the same safety standards as its other properties.
Yes – a guard will secure the CBTC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Exact details of the CBTC security plan are still being finalized, and due to their sensitive nature will not be fully publicized. DDOT foresees using a variety of security mechanisms at the site, which will include fencing, cameras, lighting and alarms.
No. Nothing hazardous will be stored at the location. The site will contain space and resources for the operation and maintenance of streetcars and space for training and meetings.
From planning to construction to operations, safety encompasses all aspects of DC Streetcar. Our School Safety Campaign began in September 2014. Please check out our safety tips and information.
- Should a contractor need new hires for the job, 51 percent need to be District residents; and
- Job openings will be listed with DOES.
The O&M team is complete at this time, including supervisors, maintenance staff, and operators. Future employment information will always be posted in our Employment section.
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