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GGW recaps last nite’s streetcar forum

Last night DDOT unveiled their proposed 8-line 3 phase implementation of a streetcar network at their Ward 6 session. Greater Greater Washington has summarized the details from the forum.

I anticipate writing more about this in the near future but the quick and dirty is that lines along K Street through MVT did earn priority for the proposed Phase 1.

Below is an zoom of the larger Phase 1 map that shows MVT will have one-seat trips to Foggy Bottom to the West, H Street/Benning to the East, plus Barracks Row and Anacostia to the South.

click to enlarge; image is an inset from DDOT’s proposed Phase 1 streetcar map

Georgetown would become a new one-seat destination for the K Street line by Phase 2 and of course once you begin to consider the possible destinations with transfers the connectivity is amazing.

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    FourthandEye says

    ETA for Anacostia and H Street NE segments, which are already laying tracks, is 2012. It's unclear to me whether our K Street extension of the H Street NE line would be on that same timeframe.

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    R&A says

    How do these trams fit in with the K street transitway reconstruction re: buses? Shouldn't the planning for these two major redesigns be done simultaneously? I don't recall seeing any tram line contingencies in the bus lane plans that should be moving forward shortly. Aren't they just going to have to redo everything again to add tram lines?

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    Five K says

    Does anyone know if they've made a decision whether to power the streetcars using overhead lines or the more expensive underground option? I've heard that this is one thing that could delay the project.

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    FourthandEye says

    @R&A – They has certainly considered the compatibility of the K Street Transitway for streetcars. However they could not fully integrate the two plans due to deadline to submit the Transitway project for consideration for a Federal TIGER stimulus grant. If they were awarded the TIGER money for the Transitway I am unclear if they could then amend the project to include streetcars or if they would need to finish the Tiger project first then begin the streetcar work…

    @Five-K – The approach they've targeted is a hybrid with overhead wires on most of the route with the ability to run short stretches without wires. I think this is a great approach as it eliminates the two biggest concerns for wires which are 1) obstructing key viewsheds and 2) rats nests of wire at intersections where streetcar lines cross paths perpendicularly. Still the legislation to support any wires has not yet been passed.