Streetcar Tracks Coming to H Street!
The big story for today is streetcar tracks are now definitely coming to H Street. The tracks are still in the design process. DDOT will be soliciting construction bids in late spring, or early summer. Construction will likely begin this fall. This is really huge news. There has been plenty of talk of an H Street streetcar line in recent years, but the original plan called for nothing to be done in this regard until well after the completion of the H Street Streetscape Project (part of Great Streets). Thanks in large part to pressure from the local ANCs DDOT is now planning to carryout the two project simultaneously. Not only does this mean that we won't be looking at a torn-up streetscape any longer than possible, it may also mean that we could see actual streetcars sooner than originally thought. The streetcars would connect Union Station to the Minn. Ave Station (running much of the X2's route). The hope is that by connecting Union Station to the Minn. Ave Station, the streetcars can reduce parking needs & traffic congestion on H Street (as using public transportation becomes more attractive). The streetcars will not reduce the current number of parking spaces because each streetcar will share one lane with car automobile traffic (and there will still be one additional lane in each direction devoted entirely to automotive traffic). Under the H Street Streetscape project, $20-23 million dollars will be invested in our H Street (NE) Corridor (approx. 1.25 miles).
The H Street Streetscape Project is one of three pending projects (the other two are the Starburst Plaza & The Benning Road Refurbishment) that will cost around $42 million & begin next year. Get more info on the H Street NE Transportation Study here (especially check out the public realm section). Also check out this link.
If you are interested in serving on a Transportation Committee, contact the rep listed below for your ANC:
William Shelton, ANC 5B, Chair
1355 New York Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Mark Dixon, ANC 6C, Chair
P.O. Box 77876
Washington, DC 20013-7787
Angela Murphy, ANC 7A, Chair
4310 Texas Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20019
Dea Varsovczky, ANC 6A Chair
(I'm not sure about the contact info, but check the website www.anc6a.org, or your Commissioner)
*Most of this info came from an informational email sent out by ANC6A Commissioner Joe Fengler