On January 28, 1962, the original DC streetcar made its final run. Now, nearly 50 years later, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has started construction on a new streetcar line. Construction is currently underway in Anacostia and tracks are being laid on H Street and Benning Road. Eventually, the system will expand to include 37 miles of track for eight lines.
The DC Streetcar project is an exciting development in multimodal travel within the District for residents, workers and visitors alike. While Metrorail and Metrobus are effective for connecting neighborhoods to the city center, the DC Streetcar will facilitate connections between neighborhoods and is expected to promote business development wherever tracks are laid. Stated goals for DC Streetcar include:
- Linking neighborhoods with a modern, convenient and attractive transportation alternative.
- Providing quality service to attract and reach new transit ridership.
- Offering a broader range of transit options for District residents.
- Reducing short inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air pollution.
- Encouraging economic development and affordable housing options along streetcar corridors.
News regarding the progress of streetcar construction, as well as announcements for public meetings, is announced on dcstreetcar.com. You can also follow them on Twitter for brief updates.
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