Quarterly Update: DC Streetcar Moving Forward

12/03/2010

DDOT Issuing Design/Build RFP to Complete H Street/Benning Road Line


Media Contacts:
John Lisle, (202) 671-2004

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the completion of the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar line. DDOT is soliciting design/build proposals to make the line operational and ready for revenue service in 2012, and the agency will issue a separate RFP this month for the purchase of additional streetcars. DDOT will also pursue a vehicle capable of operating without overhead wires in early 2011.

“These are exciting steps forward for the streetcar system,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “They set in motion the final work needed to get the streetcars rolling for District residents, who can only benefit from more transit options and services.”

DDOT has also launched an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Historical Preservation Study (Section 106 Evaluation) for Phase 2 of the Anacostia Streetcar Line. DDOT is proposing an extension that will run from the Anacostia Metrorail Station to the 11th Street Bridges, providing service to the Downtown Anacostia business and Historic Districts, and across the 11th Street Bridge which will be streetcar ready when completed in 2013. The EA and study will identify the potential impacts of the project and devise ways to mitigate those impacts in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

In addition, DDOT is commissioning a Streetcar Finance Taskforce to develop a strategy to leverage private investments in future segments of the DC Streetcar network. It is anticipated that the 37-mile system will be funded by a combination of local, federal and private dollars, an investment that will pay great dividends by creating jobs, boosting property values and promoting economic development.
For more information about the DC Streetcar system, please visit our website at ddot.dc.gov/DCStreetcar.

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