Streetcars in DC coming soon, again, maybe, we hope…

The on again off again love affair with streetcars in DC is back on again, I think.

The Washington Post is reporting that streetcars should be rolling along a stretch of unused railroad track in Anacostia shortly, serving about 1,400 people a day at a cost of $45 million, which is about $32,000 per passenger. The cars have already been built (well, a few at least) but are stuck in the Czech Republic as the tracks are just not ready yet.

There are plenty of areas that could use streetcars in DC, though Anacostia does not immediately jump to mind as one of them. Making it an option for people to get ‘out of their cars’ should be the goal of most public transit programs, not merely taking people from one form of public transit (buses) and placing them in another (expensive street cars).

But that’s another story.

(and yes, that is a picture of a DC street car in the Czech Republic)

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4 thoughts on “Streetcars in DC coming soon, again, maybe, we hope…”

  1. I recently read where there was a July 14, 2008 public meeting (in the middle of the day) at 11am at the John Wilson Bldg to discuss whether the Councilman wants it or not. Any news of the outcome of that meeting and whether it’s being held up or not?

  2. I recently read where there was a July 14, 2008 public meeting (in the middle of the day) at 11am at the John Wilson Bldg to discuss whether the Councilman wants it or not. Any news of the outcome of that meeting and whether it’s being held up or not?

  3. I recently read where there was a July 14, 2008 public meeting (in the middle of the day) at 11am at the John Wilson Bldg to discuss whether the Councilman wants it or not. Any news of the outcome of that meeting and whether it’s being held up or not?

  4. I recently read where there was a July 14, 2008 public meeting (in the middle of the day) at 11am at the John Wilson Bldg to discuss whether the Councilman wants it or not. Any news of the outcome of that meeting and whether it’s being held up or not?

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