Update on Lower Georgia Avenue Streetcars

Part of Mayor Fenty’s kick off of the four day DC Streetcar Showcase which is located on the site of the old DC Convention Center (9th & H Streets, NW), was the news release below issued today, May 5, 2010. Part of that news release included information that DDOT, in partnership with WMATA, had developed a final report for the streetcar system. Instructions on how to get to the April 2010 Final report are in the news release.

DDOT's proposed streetcar plan for lower Georgia Avenue, May 2010 (From DDOT)

In looking at the final report, I found the above map of particular interest. While still in Phase 1 of the streetcar buildout, if I’m reading the document correctly, lower Georgia Avenue seems to be the final segmant of Phase 1.

I was also drawn to the location of the proposed stops for the streetcars. In the case of Park View, it appears that there will only be stops near Georgia Avenue’s intersections with Irving and New Hampshire Avenue. While I understand that we don’t want to overburden the system with too many stops, I think there needs to be one around Georgia and Park Road, especially if the redeveloped Park Morton is going to be there.

You can access all DDOT documents on streetcars here, and the full Fenty news release is after the jump>>

Fenty Administration Maps Out District’s Transit Future

Mayor Kicks off DC Streetcar Showcase and Announces More Planned Improvements

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein and other city and federal officials kicked off the four day DC Streetcar Showcase downtown today, celebrating the return of the streetcar to the nation’s capital after an almost 50 year hiatus. The Mayor invited District residents, workers and visitors to tour one of the city’s first new modern streetcars, on display at City Center DC, as he announced plans for more transit improvements over the coming months and years.

“In just two years – by this time in the spring of 2012 – streetcars will once again operate in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Fenty. “But this isn’t a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The streetcar will be one of the pillars of a modern, multi-modal transportation network that will move the District forward, not backwards. We will be a leader in providing great transit choices for our residents.”

The District is planning a 37 mile, 8 line streetcar system, and construction on two lines has already started in Anacostia and in Northeast DC. The Mayor’s budget for FY2011 includes $63 million to complete work on the H Street/Benning Road line and to purchase additional vehicles. DDOT has also applied for $25 million in federal funding, through an Urban Circulator Grant, to extend the H Street/Benning Road line across the Anacostia River to the Benning Road Metro Station.

In addition, the Mayor made several other significant announcements today about the future of the District’s streetcar program and other transit services:

  1. DDOT is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks advice from industry experts and manufacturers on how best to design a streetcar vehicle capable of operating in the District’s unique environment. As the streetcar program moves past the first two lines, DDOT is committed to utilizing a more advanced vehicle that can operate for limited distances without the benefit of an overhead power supply, to preserve critical viewsheds and areas of particular scenic or historical value.
  2. The District will be hosting the national “Rail~Volution” conference in 2011, bringing together practitioners, advocates, and elected officials from across the country who are all working to build livable communities around transit.
  3. The District is launching a comprehensive planning effort to map out the future of the DC Circulator bus system. The Circulator has seen tremendous growth since its launch is 2005, and the study will guide the service’s future evolution over the next 10 years.
  4. DDOT, in partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), released today the DC’s Transit Future System Plan, Final Report (April 2010) [PDF] which can be found electronically at http://www.ddot.dc.gov\dcstreetcar.
  5. DDOT is very close to announcing a significant expansion of its bikesharing program, adding additional bikes and stations across the city.

“We feel our family of transit services, with the addition of the streetcar and alongside the extensive regional bus and rail service provided by Metro, will make us a national leader in providing great choices for people to easily get from place to place in economical and environmentally friendly ways,” said Director Klein.

The DC Streetcar Showcase is open to the public from today, May 5, through Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the site of the old convention center at the corner of 9th and H Streets, NW. Admission is free. The event schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 5, 11am – 7pm
Thursday, May 6, 11am – 7pm
Friday, May 7, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, May 8, 11am – 5pm

For more information about the District’s Streetcar Program, please visit ddot.dc.gov\dcstreetcar.


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5 Comments on “Update on Lower Georgia Avenue Streetcars”

  1. db Says:

    Don’t we already have a street car?

    Called a bus?

  2. Elf Says:

    The street cars are going to be great for Georgia Avenue. I do have to disagree with the stop at Park. It is a short walk to Irving and NH Ave from there. The current bus stops work well for the 79, and I think they should stick with it.

    • Kent Says:

      I guess you’re right. Park Road isn’t too far from either stop and I presume that there will still be bus service.

  3. […] area is currently included as the final segment of the first phase of DDOT’s streetcar plan. The section going through Park View has stops roughly planned for the intersections of Georgia […]

  4. […] haven’t really heard anything of substance about streetcars on Georgia Avenue since the middle of last year. With the way the District budget is shaping up it’s likely to be years before it happens, if […]

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