Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Street Car is Here!
Video courtesy of DDOT
Or at least one car from it will be here tomorrow. It's scheduled for delivery to the Hopscotch Bridge tomorrow around 9:30pm. Testing will take at least 90 days. (via @ariashe, also here). We might see passenger service in March.
A few facts about streetcars:
1. Each one can hold 144-160 people.
2. Streetcars are slightly larger than a bus.
3. They are only about as loud as a bus.
4. You can use your SmarTrip card to pay for the streetcar.
Here's info from DDOT on the nighttime closure of H Street to traffic to allow for the movement of the streetcar onto the tracks:
Nighttime Closure on H Street NE between North Capitol Street and 5th Street NE for Streetcar Vehicle Delivery to Occur December 13, 2013
First Vehicle to be Delivered to H/Benning for Testing
(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced it will close the eastbound and westbound lanes of H Street NE, between North Capitol Street and 5th Street NE, from Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The closure is to allow for the delivery of the first streetcar from the testing facility in Anacostia to H Street NE to begin the functional testing process.
The streetcar will be delivered on a flatbed truck from the Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street SE to H Street NE. Once on the corridor, the vehicle will be unloaded between 3rd Street NE and 5th Street NE and pushed into the tuck track on the Hopscotch Bridge. Unloading the streetcar will take approximately three hours.
For any combination of closures, local traffic will be permitted access to/from the Union Station garage and the Kaiser Permanente loading dock entrance. Traffic Control Officers (TCO) will be present to assist with pedestrian movements, to direct vehicles in and out of the Union Station garage and to control traffic at H Street NE and North Capitol Street NE.
Eastbound traffic on H Street NE traffic, west of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:
· turn left on North Capitol Street NE going north;
· right on K Street NE going east;
· right on 5th Street NE going south;
· left on H Street NE going east.
Westbound traffic on H Street NE, east of the Hopscotch Bridge, will:
· turn right on 5th Street NE going north;
· left on K Street NE going west;
· left on N. Capitol Street NE going south;
· right on H Street NE going west.
During the westbound closures, traffic on southbound 4th Street NE attempting to go west on H Street NE, will:
· turn left on H Street NE going east;
· left on 5th Street NE going north;
· turn right on K Street NE and follow the detour signs back to H Street NE.
During this closure pedestrian access, and access to establishments, along the H Street NE will not be affected. WMATA riders are encouraged to utilize the bus stop at H Street and 6th Street NE for both eastbound and westbound service. WMATA will provide signage at existing stops that are not in service during the closures. Loading zones will be impacted while work is taking place in a specific block. Freight and delivery vehicles are asked to please adhere to all parking restrictions. Advanced warning variable message signs (VMS) will be updated to notify commuters of each closure. A VMS will be stationed east of the Starburst intersection (15th Street and Benning Road NE) to direct westbound truck traffic to proceed west on Florida Avenue NE to the detour route on K Street NE.
The construction team will make every effort to mitigate impacts to parking during this work. The continued support and patience of the community is essential in order to meet this aggressive completion schedule. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when traveling through or near the work zone, and follow all restrictions. All construction activities are contingent upon weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions. Citizens are encouraged to contact the DC Streetcar team at any time to share concerns or request more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 210-3700. For more information on DC Streetcar, please visit www.dcstreetcar.com.