How to Ride DC Streetcar

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Ready to Ride?

Purchasing your ticket: DC Streetcar is free for an introductory period. After fares are announced, ticket machines will be installed at each stop. To learn more about fare for DC Streetcar, please click here.

BoardingRiders may board DC Streetcar at any of the eight stops (some ‘stops’ are located on both sides of the street in the eastbound and westbound directions) on the H Street/Benning Road Line.

Planning your trip: Streetcars are scheduled with 10-15 minute headways, meaning streetcars are expected at a stop no more than 15 minutes apart. Factors such as traffic or weather may cause delays and impact projected headways.

Real-time tracking is available via the website and smart phone apps.

Riding Tips and Etiquette

To ensure your safety and make your trip as comfortable as possible, follow these tips when riding DC Streetcar:

  • When waiting for a streetcar, please stand clear of the platform edge.
  • Once the doors open, let others disembark before boarding, and board carefully, noting areas reserved for disabled or elderly riders.
  • All stops and streetcars are ADA accessible. On the streetcar, press the “stop request” button to exit.
  • Hold on to small children under your supervision.
  • Do not block doorways or emergency exits.
  • Use handrails when standing.
  • On the streetcar, press the  “stop request” button to signal that you want to stop.
  • Know that on DC Streetcar, it is unlawful to:
    • Smoke
    • Ride with pets (except for service animals)
    • Eat or Drink
    • Litter or Spit
    • Ride with Dangerous or Flammable Items
  • Follow all of the posted safety rules and report any suspicious items or activity to the operator.
  • Visit our Safety Page for more safety tips and information.

Bicycles are Welcome on DC Streetcar

Bikes are allowed on DC Streetcar during non-peak hours, space permitting, in the center section of the streetcars. There are no internal or external bike racks, so please hold your bike upright while riding.
DC Streetcar is ADA Accessible

The modern streetcar’s interior layout is designed to accommodate wheelchairs using wide passenger doors that are level with the station platforms. The streetcars have level floor areas with substantial standing areas that can be used by wheelchairs. Vehicles also accommodate bikes and strollers.