Monday, March 11, 2013
New DC Streetcar Website
The new DC streetcar system is getting closer to reality – revenue service should start later this year on the first segment – and DDOT has a neat new website (here) to keep up with the news.
DC is planning a 37-mile system which will fill in major gaps in Metro coverage and will also stimulate economic development in key corridors. They are really doing this the right way. The new streetcar lines are being designed and built in coordination with the Great Streets program, which lines up plans and resources to accelerate redevelopment.
The DC plan is ambitious and seems right on target. What is not as ambitious as I would like to see is the fact that the 37-mile system is a “30-year vision.” This is a national problem, not a DC problem, but why is this not a 10-year vision? (Mayor Villaraigosa had the right idea.)