DC Streetcar http://www.dcstreetcar.com A Program of District Department of Transportation Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Visit DC Streetcar at the 2014 H Street Festival http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/visit-dc-streetcar-at-the-2014-h-street-festival/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/visit-dc-streetcar-at-the-2014-h-street-festival/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:55:30 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5319 Festival Goers Can Board and Tour Streetcars

(Washington, D.C.) – On Saturday, September 20th, DC Streetcar will once again join the H Street Festival with a huge presence on the corridor. This year, its “booths” are de-energized streetcars, which will provide boarding for the first time along the H Street corridor.

Festival attendees will be able to board and tour the streetcar “booths” from 12 noon to 5 p.m. while picking up DC Streetcar freebies on the way. Giveaways are limited, so festival-goers are urged to come early. In addition to giveaways, each stop will inform attendees about key safety information and the latest news regarding the streetcar.

The stops are:

  • 5th & H Street – How To Ride: Curious about riding the streetcar when service starts? Come to this stop to meet Streetcar staff who can share information about boarding, our operators, wheelchair access and much more.
  • 8th & H Street – Kids Zone: Face painting, carnival cut-outs for photos, and popcorn will be available at this stop. DC Streetcar staff will have family-friendly giveaway items and feature streetcar safety information for kids. This stop is ADA-accessible.
  • 13th & H Street – Streetcar Safety: Following the Look, Listen, Be Safe! theme, visitors are invited to view safety posters and materials and talk with DC Streetcar staff about the safe way to drive, bike, and walk around the corridor when streetcars are operating.

Festival goers who complete punch cards to show they’ve visited every stop will be entered to win an additional DC Streetcar-themed prize.


For more information about DC Streetcar, please visit dcstreetcar.com.



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DDOT and Local Agencies to Conduct Emergency Response Exercise on H Street NE on August 24, 2014 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/08/ddot-and-local-agencies-to-conduct-emergency-response-exercise-on-h-street-ne-on-august-24-2014/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/08/ddot-and-local-agencies-to-conduct-emergency-response-exercise-on-h-street-ne-on-august-24-2014/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:01:51 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5143 Emergency Drill Will Require Temporary Full Closure of H Street NE between 12th Street and 13th Street

(Washington, DC) -On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), along with District first responders, will conduct a DC Streetcar Emergency Drill on H Street NE to prepare for real-world streetcar operations on the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

The purpose of the exercise is to test operational coordination and preparedness of DC Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will simulate a streetcar derailment caused by a collision between a DC Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile on H Street NE. DC Streetcar personnel along with Metropolitan Police Department and DC Fire and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such an incident.

The exercise will take place on the 1200 block of H Street NE and requires a temporary closure of H Street NE between 12th Street and 13th Street in both directions, between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.  In addition, there will be parking restrictions on 12th Street and H Street (see temporary closure map below).

During the drill, there will be significant emergency personnel on-site on the H Street corridor and residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling along the vicinity of the drill.

WMATA X2 bus stops on the 1200 block will be closed for the duration of the closure. Passengers are asked to board on the 1100 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.


  • Westbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured south at 13th Street, then west at G Street.
  • Eastbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured north at 12th Street, then east at I Street.
  • 12th Street NE traffic will be directed to I Street to travel east.
  • 13th Street NE traffic will be directed to G Street to travel west.


This exercise is open the media.  Please follow the instructions below:

  • RSVP required.  Please email cherie.gibson@dc.gov or call (202) 412-1563 to RSVP.
  • Media may park in designated areas in the AutoZone parking lot.
  • DDOT public information officers will provide an overview of the exercise and then escort media to viewing locations along the sidewalk. The exercise will start at 8 a.m.

For more information about DC Streetcar, please visit dcstreetcar.com.







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Streetcar Vehicles Permanently Moved to H/Benning http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/streetcar-vehicles-permanently-moved-to-hbenning/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/streetcar-vehicles-permanently-moved-to-hbenning/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:46:32 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4763 Testing and Training Underway, with Passenger Service Expected Later This Year

(Washington, D.C.) – This week the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) permanently moved four streetcar vehicles to the H Street NE and Benning Road NE streetcar corridor. At no time prior have four vehicles been on the corridor at once. These vehicles will now continue System Integration Testing and Operator Training in advance of passenger service, which is expected later this year. The District’s two other streetcar vehicles will join them in the coming months.

System Integration Testing (SIT) includes the integration of vehicles, power, communications, and traffic and train signal controls to ensure that all components are safe and working properly. Elements that are tested include radio communications, OCS interface, track switch interface, traction power emergency trip, braking, signal and sign visibility and streetcar control center communications. These tests will occur in live traffic conditions on the corridor.

In-traffic Operator Training is also beginning, building on the training and pre-qualification operators already received at the Testing & Commissioning Site. Each operator will train with supervisors along the corridor under various traffic scenarios in order to be certified to carry passengers on H/Benning. Pre-Revenue Operations, in which service is simulated without passengers, will follow SIT and Operator Training. These elements are required for DDOT to certify its system and be accepted by the State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA). The safety certification process involves several critical steps and is intended to ensure that the system meets safety standards and is ready to carry passengers.

Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution as they travel through the corridor during testing and training activities. Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” around streetcar vehicles at all times – look both ways and listen for the streetcar before stepping into the crosswalk, and never walk in front of a moving streetcar.

Drivers should also be aware that DPW is now ticketing cars that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.

For more information about DC Streetcar, please visit dcstreetcar.com.


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DC Streetcar: Derailment Simulation http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/dc-streetcar-derailment-simulation/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/dc-streetcar-derailment-simulation/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:07:47 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4733 This summer DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) personnel have been getting familiar with DC Streetcar through a series of classroom and hands on training. These are the first responders who will manage any incidents that may occur on the system. In this video Deputy Associate Director Ralph Burns describes the simulated derailment on the test tracks at the Testing & Commissioning Site.

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DC Streetcar: DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Training http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/dc-streetcar-dc-fire-and-emergency-medical-services-fems-training/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/dc-streetcar-dc-fire-and-emergency-medical-services-fems-training/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:03:32 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4687 Deputy Associate Director Ralph Burns talks about DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) personnel getting familiar with DC Streetcar through a series of classroom and hands on training.

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DC Streetcar: Equipment Installation http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/equipment-installation/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/07/equipment-installation/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:23:59 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4681 Deputy Associate Director Ralph Burns describes what equipment is being installed on the streetcar vehicles at the Testing & Commissioning Site.

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DC Streetcar: Operator Communications Simulation http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/operator-communications-simulation/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/operator-communications-simulation/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:14:08 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4674 Deputy Associate Director Ralph Burns talks about how the operators communicate with one another. Here the team is simulating radio communications as part of their training at the Testing & Commissioning Site.

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DC Streetcar: Operator Training at Testing & Commissioning Site http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/operator-training-at-testing-commissioning-site/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/operator-training-at-testing-commissioning-site/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:41:04 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4662 Construction is moving along on H/Benning. Check out Deputy Associate Director Ralph Burns discussing what’s happening at the Testing & Commissioning Site with operator training.

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DC Streetcar: CBTC Construction Update http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/cbtc-construction-update/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/06/cbtc-construction-update/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:56:55 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4624 We’re busy pouring concrete at the Car Barn Training Center. Program Manager Thomas Perry tells us why that’s important.

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DC Seeking TIGER Grant Funding for Anacostia Streetcar Extension http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/05/dc-seeking-tiger-grant-funding-for-anacostia-streetcar-extension/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/05/dc-seeking-tiger-grant-funding-for-anacostia-streetcar-extension/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:40 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=4525 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Media Contact: Reggie Sanders – 202-437-0809, reggie.sanders@dc.gov

Streetcar Extension Would Spur Job Creation and Economic Development in Anacostia

(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that it has reapplied for a federal grant to partially fund the Anacostia Streetcar Extension from Howard Road / Firth Sterling Avenue to the foot of the 11th Street Bridge.

DDOT requests approximately $20 million of TIGER FY 2014 discretionary grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), under the National Infrastructure Investments—Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, previously referred to as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER). This federal grant will help fund almost one-third of the streetcar extension, estimated to cost approximately $64 million.

“DDOT has applied for the TIGER grant twice in the past for this project,” said Terry Bellamy, the Director at DDOT. “Our most recent TIGER application was submitted for the Anacostia Streetcar Extension project in 2013 and advanced into the final round as one of few ‘overwhelmingly compelling and very strong applications.’ This is our third attempt to secure a TIGER grant, and hopefully the third time works like a charm for the District and Anacostia.”

The Anacostia Streetcar Extension is one of the key components of the 22-mile Priority Streetcar System in the District. It will jump-start efforts to strengthen and to add capacity to the multi-modal transportation network in Anacostia. The project aims to spur economic development and improve job opportunities in the area through the construction of a modern streetcar line that will connect the existing Anacostia community to employment and emerging activity centers in Downtown DC and the region. As part of the package, DDOT plans to use funding to supplement major upgrades—including ADA improvements and streetscape enhancements to improve pedestrian safety—at key intersections along the proposed streetcar line. Unlike bus routes that could shift their paths over time, streetcar is a fixed-guideway transit line. Building a streetcar line will demonstrate the District’s long-term commitment to the communities and businesses in the greater Anacostia area.

This project has been gaining strong support from District officials, community leaders, transit advocates, and local residents. As a long-time DC Streetcar supporter, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has written several letters urging USDOT to support this effort. In her most recent letter, Del. Norton said the Anacostia Streetcar “will catalyze commercial and residential development through neighborhoods that have experiences under-investment for several decades.”

The proposed streetcar project, in conjunction with future streetcar improvements, will enable a transportation connection between the Anacostia commercial core and major employment centers, such as Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), U.S. Coast Guard headquarters and future developments at the St. Elizabeths campus, Poplar Point and Barry Farm. The project will support each of these federally-supported planned developments and provide better job access, not only for federal workers, but also for the residents in Anacostia. It is estimated that these planned developments will add at least 25,000 jobs to this area by 2030.



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