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Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

This story comes to us from Abby Lane:

 

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) today released a detailed assessment of the proposed 37-mile streetcar system for Washington, D.C.  The report, “Building a World-Class Streetcar System for a World-Class City,” analyzes the proposed routes and highlights seven recommendations to bring streetcars back to D.C.


Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Plans for the DC Streetcar system have been in the works for several years and construction has already begun on the Anacostia line, where service is planned to begin in the fall of 2012. As a newcomer to the DC area, I still ask many questions. Here was my question about the streetcar system: huh? Translated, that means: if DC already has Metrorail, Metrobus, the Circulator and Capital Bikeshare, why do we require another separate transportation system? Why not expand the bus system instead? I was flummoxed.

If you too have ever questioned the logic of re-introducing a streetcar system to our beloved city (yes, DC had streetcars right up until the mid-1960’s), here’s a bit of background.

Metro Riders at Van Ness Sound Off About Yet Another Day of Delays

Metro Riders at Van Ness Sound Off About Yet Another Day of Delays

This morning the DC Metro's red line endured yet another round of delays that left some riders stuck on the platform at the Van Ness station for over 45 minutes during their morning commute because of a track fire between the Woodley Park and Dupont Circle station stops.

Check out the video above to see some of those stranded passengers sound off about the delays and how they feel about the D.C. Metro overall.

 

Klingle Road Environmental Assessment due out this month

Klingle Road Environmental Assessment due out this month

The final Klingle Road Environmental Assessment (EA) is scheduled to be released this month by DC Department of Transportation (DDOT). The Coalition to Repair and Reopen Klingle Road has been participating in efforts to repair and reopen Klingle Road since the early 1990s. Their dedicated pursuit of repair and reopening the road for motor vehicle traffic has never objected to inclusion of a hike/bike trail adjacent to the road. They hope that the EA would formally identify the Coalition as an interested party in this assessment.

Here are some points that the Coalition hopes are addressed in the final report:

*Councilmember Cheh’s legislation limits the trail to 10’ width with a permeable surface. The EA has a wider and impervious surface alternative. It should add an alternative of restoring and rebuilding Klingle Road.

Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)

Newsflash: Metro is Crowded During Rush Hours (So Do Something About It in 2011!)

DC area residents love to complain about how crowded the Metro is during their daily work commutes. It seems as though complaining about Metro is the glue that holds us together and gives us a sense of solidarity. And, in fact, a shocking two-thirds or more of daily ridership occurs during rush hour.

Keeping You Informed: DDOT Unveils District’s First Multi-Modal Digital Display

Keeping You Informed: DDOT Unveils District’s First Multi-Modal Digital Display

DDOT reminds me of one of those little baseball pitching machines that’s been cranked up to maximum fastball speed—because after introducing a string of innovative transportation programs, including Capital Bikeshare, solar-powered parking meters, electric car charging stations and the beginnings of the DC streetcar system among others, they’re flinging another one at us. This time, DDOT is bringing the District’s first multi-modal digital display screen, which will be installed in bus shelters throughout DC and will provide real-time information about a variety of transportation modes.

Don't Let the Traffic Grinch Steal Your Holiday Shopping Cheer!

Don't Let the Traffic Grinch Steal Your Holiday Shopping Cheer!

Ahhh….the holiday season is upon us again, replete with its many joys: rosy-cheeked, smiling children, twinkling lights, the smell of baking cookies, the opportunity to dress your dog like a reindeer and tell all your friends that “he really likes it.” But it also carries just a wee bit of stress. There’s the baking of said cookies, hanging the pretty lights, travel plans, menus, and, of course, shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.