Yesterday brought unsurprising news that the H Street Streetcar will face further delays. Part of the delay comes from an effort to have Spingarn (the future site of the carbarn) designated as historic. It should be noted that the group pushing the historic designation maintains that the timing is merely coincidental, and the petition is unrelated to the streetcar barn. Frankly, I think calling that claim specious would give it greater credulity than it deserves. I'm all for making sure the carbarn is constructed with an eye to matching the architecture of Spingarn (which is a pretty attractive building). I am, however, annoyed by further delays. We could be looking at anything from 90 days (if the petition fails) to several months (if the petition succeeds). At any rate, we can no longer anticipate streetcars up and running by late 2013. It's definitely going to be sometime in 2014.
Here's a Storify piece
) capturing Twitter responses to yesterday's hearing on the Streetcar Amendment Act of 2012.
Here's coverage from the Washington Post's Mike DeBonis
. Greater Greater Washington
digs deeper and explores a history of streetcar planning missteps. DCist
discusses the possibility of running historic streetcars along our tracks.