DC Streetcar Initiative Could Get Federal Funding

by Will Smith

Image courtesy of Streetcars for DC

The Washington Business Journal reports that the federal government might help fund an initiative to re-institute streetcar transportation in certain areas of the District. The initiative has been in the works for a number of years, but has encountered various obstacles along the way. A planned streetcar line in Anacostia that was originally scheduled to be live by 2009, has been pushed out to 2012, and the streetcars themselves are still in storage in the Czech Republic (where they are manufactured).

The DC government planned to fund the streetcar initiative itself, but now it looks like there is support at senior levels within the federal government — namely, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. According to DC’s Department of Transportation director Gabe Klein, LaHood has indicated that the federal government will support the streetcar initiative through New Starts, a Federal Transit Administration program that provides federal funding for local transit projects.

“I think he’s pretty excited about the possibility of [the streetcar] running right in front of the Department of Transportation headquarters,” Klein commented. See the WBJ report for more.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dc_streetcar_initiative_could_get_federal_funding/1212


  1. FinnMcCool said at 4:46 pm on Friday August 7, 2009:

    I think this is the best idea I have heard in a long time.  Revitalize all of the street car lines in the city…watching the street car traveling between G’town and Glen Echo would be brilliant!

  1. Sanaz said at 1:18 am on Sunday August 9, 2009:

    According to a report from DDOT, not only the “streetcars” are thriving the DC transportation but the street alighnment on the main streets like 14th street (NW), H street, Benning road, Pensilvania Avenue,will make the city more urbaniazed and will reduce traffic. Very very interesting and Great program and design for the GREAT streets in DC. This program is already started and its on-going, although there are some changes on the schedule but its going well. The program affected the small businesses a lot. I hope DC Government make more effort to keep the small businesses active while they are re-alighning the streete.

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