The Streetcars Are Coming…By Boat

by Mark Wellborn


The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently uploaded photos of the city’s first streetcars heading off from the Czech Republic towards the city by boat. The cars are expected to arrive in DC around the middle of December.

According to DDOT, there will be eight streetcar lines in all, built in three phases. The first streetcars will run from Anacostia along H Street and Benning Road, and then on downtown. The second phase will run along 7th Street and Georgia Avenue, and Minnesota Avenue between Anacostia and the Minnesota Avenue Metro.

While just the sight of streetcars heading toward the DC area for installation is exciting, it is important to remember that this project has encountered its fair share of hurdles, so to think that it might be smooth sailing for the rest of the way may be a bit optimistic. That said, DDOT Director Gabe Klein seems very intent on making this project happen.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_streetcars_are_coming...by_boat/1528


  1. PT said at 1:33 pm on Wednesday November 18, 2009:

    This is exciting, but your post seem to conflate the H St line and the Anacostia line, which are separate lines.  H Street line is first and runs from Benning Rd down H through downtown on K St.  Then Anacostia and the others that are part of the first phase will come soon thereafter.

  1. Finn McCool said at 2:02 pm on Thursday November 19, 2009:

    This is very exciting.  The more street cars in this city the better.  I would like to see them revive the line from G’town to Glen Echo.  Cheers.

  1. Jesse Kaye - BuildingDC.com said at 4:18 pm on Thursday November 19, 2009:

    It should be phenomenal bring them back to create a more vibrant street transportation system in the city.  H Street tracks are 50% done and the Anacostia line seems a bit behind that.  I agree with Finn…did you know that there are still streetcars on tracks below Dupont Circle with, from what I understand, 28,000 sq ft of below ground retail space.

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