DC Streetcar http://www.dcstreetcar.com A Program of District Department of Transportation Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:25:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Union Station to Georgetown Transportation Improvements Environmental Assessment http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/union-station-to-georgetown-transportation-improvements-environmental-assessment/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/union-station-to-georgetown-transportation-improvements-environmental-assessment/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:46:38 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5448 Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Reggie Sanders (202) 437-0809, reggie.sanders@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans (202) 497-0124, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invite you to attend a public meeting for the Union Station to Georgetown Transportation Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA).

What: Public Meeting for the Union Station to Georgetown Transportation EA and Section 106

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 – 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, L’Enfant Map Room, 801 K Street NW

Transit: Mount Vernon Sq. 7th St. – Convention Center Metro Station (Green and Yellow Lines) – Metrobus: Visit www.wmata.com

The purpose of this meeting is to afford the public an opportunity to discuss the project and provide their views regarding the multi-modal transportation alternatives being considered for all modes (for example, streetcar, vehicular, transit, bicycle and pedestrian) in the corridor. An EA is being prepared for the project per the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

For more information, please visit unionstationtogeorgetown.com or contact DDOT Project Manager Lezlie Rupert at 202-671-1595.

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DDOT, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and FTA Announce Partnership to Promote DC Streetcar Safety in Schools http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/ddot-operation-lifesaver-inc-and-fta-announce-partnership-to-promote-dc-streetcar-safety-in-schools-2/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/ddot-operation-lifesaver-inc-and-fta-announce-partnership-to-promote-dc-streetcar-safety-in-schools-2/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:08:56 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5373 DDOT Receives Grant to prepare for H Street/Benning Road Launch with Educator Toolkits and School Safety Program

Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) joined forces with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) to announce “Look, Listen, Be Safe!,” a program to educate students along the H Street/Benning Road corridor about streetcar safety.  The program, which is partially funded by an Operation Lifesaver (OLI) grant, is aimed at helping students be safe when interacting with DC Streetcar.

DDOT Director Matt Brown, FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan, and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. President Joyce Rose, along with representatives from DC Public Schools and the community, visited the Browne Education Campus on 26th Street to announce the grant and kickoff the program. After the grant announcement, students were treated to a presentation led by DDOT engineers about DC Streetcar operations and safety.

“DDOT is excited to partner with OLI to bring such an important awareness program to our students,” said DDOT Director Matt Brown.  “As we move closer to launch, we want everyone, but particularly our students, to become familiar with the system and understand how to be safe around the streetcar.  Streetcar safety is all about paying attention—and we want everyone to Look, Listen, Be Safe!”

Today’s kickoff is the first in a series of steps to prepare local students for the streetcar’s launch later this year. Educator toolkits featuring grade specific lesson plans, activity sheets and maps with ideas that teachers can incorporate into the classroom were delivered to schools along the H Street/Benning Road corridor throughout September. In October, DDOT will conduct safety assemblies along the corridor and offer a webinar for other schools that want to replicate the activities.

“Operation Lifesaver is pleased to work with DDOT and the DC Public Schools to help educate the students and families of Wards 5 and 6 about safety around the new DC Streetcar,” said Joyce Rose, President of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. The Streetcar Smarts educational materials were created through an FTA-funded grant from Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit rail safety organization committed to educating the public about safety around railroad tracks.  President Rose continued, “We look forward to actively working with DDOT through our Virginia-Maryland-DC OL program to support the Streetcar Smarts campaign with Operation Lifesaver safety presentations for students and the greater DC community.”

This program was partially funded through a partnership with Operation LifeSaver, a non-profit rail safety organization committed to educating the public about the need to remain safe around railroad tracks.   With support from FTA, mini-grants have been offered to state OL programs who partner with transit agencies, allowing them to develop safety programs and materials for their riders.

“The Federal Transit Administration is pleased to partner once again with Operation Lifesaver on this crucial campaign to raise awareness about the need for students to be safe around transit,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “As more and more communities around the nation choose to build light rail, streetcars, and other transit services that operate alongside pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, we must continue to educate everyone on the importance of putting safety first.”

In addition to the school safety program, DDOT will continue its “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” safety awareness campaign which includes “boots on the ground” education and outreach along streetcar corridors, a special safety page on the DC Streetcar website, an animated video that describes general safety tips and a “How To Ride” Video to familiarize the public with the system; safety posters in businesses and at Streetcar stop shelters along with safety outreach events leading up to launch.

For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com.

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DDOT, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and FTA Announce Partnership to Promote DC Streetcar Safety in Schools http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/ddot-operation-lifesaver-inc-and-fta-announce-partnership-to-promote-dc-streetcar-safety-in-schools/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/ddot-operation-lifesaver-inc-and-fta-announce-partnership-to-promote-dc-streetcar-safety-in-schools/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:27:04 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5354 DDOT Receives Grant to prepare for H Street/Benning Road Launch with Educator Toolkits and School Safety Program

Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) joined forces with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) to announce “Look, Listen, Be Safe!,” a program to educate students along the H Street/Benning Road corridor about streetcar safety.  The program, which is partially funded by an Operation Lifesaver (OLI) grant, is aimed at helping students be safe when interacting with DC Streetcar.

DDOT Director Matt Brown, FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan, and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. President Joyce Rose, along with representatives from DC Public Schools and the community, visited the Browne Education Campus on 26th Street to announce the grant and kickoff the program. After the grant announcement, students were treated to a presentation led by DDOT engineers about DC Streetcar operations and safety.

“DDOT is excited to partner with OLI to bring such an important awareness program to our students,” said DDOT Director Matt Brown.  “As we move closer to launch, we want everyone, but particularly our students, to become familiar with the system and understand how to be safe around the streetcar.  Streetcar safety is all about paying attention—and we want everyone to Look, Listen, Be Safe!”

Today’s kickoff is the first in a series of steps to prepare local students for the streetcar’s launch later this year. Educator toolkits featuring grade specific lesson plans, activity sheets and maps with ideas that teachers can incorporate into the classroom were delivered to schools along the H Street/Benning Road corridor throughout September. In October, DDOT will conduct safety assemblies along the corridor and offer a webinar for other schools that want to replicate the activities.

“Operation Lifesaver is pleased to work with DDOT and the DC Public Schools to help educate the students and families of Wards 5 and 6 about safety around the new DC Streetcar,” said Joyce Rose, President of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. The Streetcar Smarts educational materials were created through an FTA-funded grant from Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit rail safety organization committed to educating the public about safety around railroad tracks.  President Rose continued, “We look forward to actively working with DDOT through our Virginia-Maryland-DC OL program to support the Streetcar Smarts campaign with Operation Lifesaver safety presentations for students and the greater DC community.”

This program was partially funded through a partnership with Operation LifeSaver, a non-profit rail safety organization committed to educating the public about the need to remain safe around railroad tracks.   With support from FTA, mini-grants have been offered to state OL programs who partner with transit agencies, allowing them to develop safety programs and materials for their riders.

“The Federal Transit Administration is pleased to partner once again with Operation Lifesaver on this crucial campaign to raise awareness about the need for students to be safe around transit,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “As more and more communities around the nation choose to build light rail, streetcars, and other transit services that operate alongside pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, we must continue to educate everyone on the importance of putting safety first.”

In addition to the school safety program, DDOT will continue its “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” safety awareness campaign which includes “boots on the ground” education and outreach along streetcar corridors, a special safety page on the DC Streetcar website, an animated video that describes general safety tips and a “How To Ride” Video to familiarize the public with the system; safety posters in businesses and at Streetcar stop shelters along with safety outreach events leading up to launch.

For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com.

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Streetcar Pre-Revenue Operations Scheduled to Begin September 29, 2014 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/streetcar-pre-revenue-operations-scheduled-to-begin-september-29-2014/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/09/streetcar-pre-revenue-operations-scheduled-to-begin-september-29-2014/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:55:10 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5342 Major Milestone as DC Streetcar Readies for Safety Certification and Passenger Service  

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the start of DC Streetcar’s Pre-Revenue Operations phase—a crucial milestone for DC Streetcar as it continues prepping the system to be certified safe to carry passengers. System Integration Testing (SIT) and Operator Training is wrapping up now, and Pre-Revenue Operations is anticipated to begin on Monday, September 29th.

Pre-Revenue Operations is actual service simulated along the corridor without passengers. During this phase, all streetcar vehicles will run at their projected hours with projected headways (about every ten minutes).  Proposed hours of operations for the streetcars were included in a recent legislation package that is now open for public review. Comments regarding the proposed hours of operation can be sent to publicspace.policy@dc.gov until September 27th.

 

The proposed hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – midnight
  • Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Sundays and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can expect to see streetcars with greater frequency during this phase and are reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Streetcars share the roadways, but cannot veer around vehicles.
  • Vehicles, including delivery trucks, should be sure to park within the lines and use designated loading zones. The Department of Public Works is now ticketing and towing vehicles that impede the path of the streetcar.
  • Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists should use caution as they travel through the corridor.
  • Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” near streetcar vehicles at all times—look both ways and listen for the streetcar before stepping into the crosswalk.
  • Never walk in front of a moving streetcar.
  • Traffic and pedestrian signals exist for your safety—follow them to ensure your safety.

For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com.

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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 THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT CAME OUT TO OUR THREE STREETCAR BOOTHS. THE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

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.

DETOURS:

  • 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.

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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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