DC Streetcar http://www.dcstreetcar.com A Program of District Department of Transportation Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:35:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DC Streetcar: Bike Safety http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/12/dc-streetcar-bike-safety/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/12/dc-streetcar-bike-safety/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:43:31 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5606

DDOT’s Jim Sebastian shares bike safety tips around streetcar tracks and introduces the G and I Street NE contraflow bike lanes.

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DC Streetcar: Midline Substation http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/11/dc-streetcar-midline-substation/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/11/dc-streetcar-midline-substation/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:22:37 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5584 Our midline substation is hiding in plain sight. DDOT’s Thomas Perry explains.

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DC Streetcar: Streetcar Signalization / Intersection Safety http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/11/dc-streetcar-streetcar-signalization-intersection-safety/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/11/dc-streetcar-streetcar-signalization-intersection-safety/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:23:47 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5587 DDOT’s Ralph Burns explains how streetcar signalization works at certain intersections, emphasizing the need for pedestrian awareness.

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Anacostia Streetcar Extension Environmental Assessment and Section 106 Report Finding of No Significant Impact Notice of Availability http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/anacostia-streetcar-extension-environmental-assessment-and-section-106-report-finding-of-no-significant-impact-notice-of-availability/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/anacostia-streetcar-extension-environmental-assessment-and-section-106-report-finding-of-no-significant-impact-notice-of-availability/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:54:07 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5564 The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), announces the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Anacostia Streetcar Extension Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 106 Evaluation. The FONSI identifies the Preferred Alternative for extending a streetcar line in the Anacostia community of Washington DC.

The FONSI was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and documents the selection of a Preferred Alternative from the analysis of three broad transportation alternatives for extending the streetcar’s initial Anacostia Line into historical Anacostia. The streetcar extension would run from the Anacostia Metro Station to the foot of the 11th Street Bridge at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, and Good Hope Road. The selection of the Preferred Alternative (formerly Alternative 9) was the result of technical information and public comments gathered throughout the study.

The notification of the FONSI marks the final stage of the planning process for the Anacostia Extension, which began in 2011. A series of public meetings examined the purpose and need of the project, potential streetcar alignments, environmental and engineering findings, and historic and cultural impacts.

The FONSI, EA and Section 106 Evaluation are available online for public viewing on the project website: http://www.dcstreetcar.com/projects/future-lines/anacostia-extension/. The documents will be available at the following locations beginning October 30, 2014:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, DC 20020

DC Department of Housing and Community Development
1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Southwest Neighborhood Library
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

District Department of Transportation|
Progressive Transportation Services Administration
55 M Street, SE, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20003

For more information about the project, contact Circe Torruellas at (202) 671-2847 or atcirce.torruellas@dc.gov.

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DDOT Announces Republication of Proposed Rules for the Operation of the DC Streetcar http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/ddot-announces-republication-of-proposed-rules-for-the-operation-of-the-dc-streetcar/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/ddot-announces-republication-of-proposed-rules-for-the-operation-of-the-dc-streetcar/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:17:46 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5556
The prohibition on riding a bicycle within the Streetcar guideway has been removed
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of revised proposed rules to establish routes and hours of operation for the DC Streetcar system, and prohibit actions that impede DC Streetcar operations. The revised rulemaking reflects the overwhelming number of public comments opposing the prohibition on riding a bicycle within a streetcar guideway. This prohibition has been removed.

In announcing the revised regulations, DDOT Director Matt Brown stated, “Safety is our first priority as we restore Streetcar service to the District. While we recommend cyclists utilize designated bike lanes on streets adjacent to the Streetcar line on H Street, NE, we understand and have responded to public concerns about prohibiting bikes on the Streetcar guideway.”

DDOT encourages motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists to make safe decisions when traveling near the Streetcar system. Cyclists in particular should remember crashes are more likely when crossing the Streetcar tracks at an angle less than 90 degrees. DDOT strongly encourages cyclists to consider using the G and I Street NE contraflow bike lanes, which allow for two-way bicycle travel, as that is safer than riding parallel to the tracks on H Street, NE.

The proposed regulations may be reviewed and comments submitted at http://dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=5154888.

Written comments are invited during the 15-day comment period and should be submitted to: publicspace.policy@dc.gov.

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District Announces List of Potential Builder-Operators for Scaled-Down Streetcar System http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/district-announces-list-of-potential-builder-operators-for-scaled-down-streetcar-system/ http://www.dcstreetcar.com/2014/10/district-announces-list-of-potential-builder-operators-for-scaled-down-streetcar-system/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:57:40 +0000 http://www.dcstreetcar.com/?p=5517 DDOT’s Streetcar and Integrated Premium Transit System Move Forward

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Matt Brown announced plans for advancing the next phase of the DC Streetcar Program and the Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system including a list of potential builder-operators. The IPT is a program and contracting mechanism that leverages private-sector expertise for efficient and innovative delivery of the design, build, operations, and maintenance (DBOM) of the Streetcar and Circulator bus systems in the District.

The IPT includes a 22-mile priority streetcar system (37-mile long-range plan) and will allow for new and enhanced connections to neighborhoods and access to activity centers and jobs. The IPT complements existing transit services (DC Circulator, Metrobus, and Metrorail) and is based on more than 10 years of coordinated multi-agency planning efforts. Unfortunately, cuts the DC Council made in the FY15 budget only support the construction of a significantly scaled-down system.

“The announcement of the short list of contractors brings us one significant step closer to making the visions for a comprehensive District streetcar system a reality,” said Mayor Gray. “Unfortunately, this announcement is bittersweet considering the steep funding cuts to the system made by the DC Council. By cutting Streetcar funding by nearly 75 percent, the Council has prevented us from building out the full system over the next 10 years.”

To ensure a competitive and fair procurement process, the DBOM model utilizes a multi-stage procurement process which includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP). Interested industry parties (Responding Teams) submitted detailed statements of qualifications in response to the RFQ and a team of DDOT technical and business experts, with assistance from an engineering program management firm, identified a short list of responding teams qualified to receive the RFP. The short list was announced today.

The three Responding Teams (with current partner composition) that will advance to the RFP stage of the procurement are:

  • Capital Transit Partners:
    • Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure, Inc.
    • FCC Construction
    • CPT Operators
    • Parsons Brincherhoff
  • DC Transit Partners:
    • Clark Construction Group
    • Shirley Contracting Company
    • Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
  • Potomac Transit Partners:
    • URS
    • MC Dean
    • Facchina
    • RDMT

“Moving forward with the IPT is a game-changer in delivering streetcars to the District,” said DDOT Director Brown. “Issuing the short list is an exciting first step in the process.”

The short-listed teams will now move on to the RFP portion of the IPT procurement process. After the RFP is developed, responses to the RFP are evaluated, and a potential “best and final” round of responses is evaluated, negotiations will be held with the highest-scoring Responding Team. Additional information on these teams may be obtained through a written request to DDOT’s Contracting Office.

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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

Media Contacts
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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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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