Wednesday, September 5, 2012
International experts weigh in on proposed "22‐mile priority network" of streetcar lines, including route from Union Station to Georgetown.
Leading transportation experts and companies from around the world were among the 20 respondents to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)'s recent requests for input on a local transportation system. “The response far exceeded our expectations,” DDOT Director Terry Bellamy said in a press release. “This level of response is indicative of the broad interest and promising nature of the project. It is a unique opportunity to provide premium transit services to the District.” In June, DDOT asked industry experts to weigh in on a possible 22-mile priority streetcar system and local bus service operations. Though DDOT has proposed a 37-mile system proposed that would bring streetcars to all eight wards, the 22-mile priority system …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Several residents of the West Village took to the neighborhood listserv last week to vent.
Residents of the West Village, specifically several who live on the 3300 block of P Street, aired their grievances last week and demanded more accountability from the O&P Street Project managers. At issue is the ongoing and incomplete work on the 3300 block of P Street even as contractors move to new sections of the neighborhood. "Whoever is running this project seems to have a tough time finishing tasks," wrote Paul St. Lawrence in a letter he sent to several local officials and which he shared on the Georgetown forum. Another resident of the West Village responded, "The haphazard nature of the work being undertaken would be laughable were it not so pitiful." In an email response to St. Lawrence, the O&P Street project team expressed and…
Friday, February 24, 2012
The first (new) DC Streetcar line is scheduled to begin operating in approximately one year's time.
As contractors work to restore the non-operational, historic streetcar tracks on O and P Streets in Georgetown, D.C. is preparing to bring streetcars back online in the next year, starting with the H Street/Benning Road line. Council member Mary Cheh held a performance oversight hearing on District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) management of the D.C. streetcar system Thursday, Feb. 23. Cheh called the hearing, according to a notice from her office, to examine the longer-term goals for city-wide expansion and how to fund the system: "The system is still, however, without a long-term financing and governance plan. The full Streetcar System Plan calls for a 37-mile system running throughout the District’s 8 wards. The total cost is …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Did you know? The U.S. is falling far behind when it comes to keeping up our national infrastructure.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Pinched author Don Peck recently spoke with Patch about his new book and about the social impact of the economic downturn. The Facts from Pinched:
Monday, August 22, 2011
DDOT action will enable opening of the first streetcar line no later than mid-2013.
Future riders of the DC Streetcar system are several steps closer to boarding the initial line. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has released plans that will enable the H Street/Benning Road line to open no later than mid 2013. DDOT released a request for bids to design and build the remaining elements of the line, which encompasses western and eastern turnarounds, a “car barn” maintenance facility and the final improvements to the already-built 2.2-mile corridor on H Street/Benning Road. DDOT also plans to utilize the car barn as a training center for District students. DDOT anticipates design work to start in late fall, culminating with the first passengers boarding the line in mid 2013. “We are excited to put in …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
See what you're lucky to miss if you live on 36th Street and are not home during the day.
Contractors are working through incredibly hot weather conditions to dig up and remove streetcar tracks on 36th Street. The rails will be stored off-site until repairs and upgrades are made to the street and utilities. Check out our video to see sparks fly as workers cut through the rails with a saw. Nothing like the sound of construction in the morning...
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Block by block, a $12.3 million rehabilitation project will give O and P Streets a much needed face lift--but until its finished expect parking woes, noise and potential loss of trees in the neighborhood.
Construction has started on the 3600 block of P Street. The northbound lane is currently closed and the west lane of 36th Street between O and P Streets closes today. Over the next 18 months, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., crews will work to replace leaky and outdated water mains and gas lines, smooth sidewalks and roads, and place streetcar rails back in their original positions. At a public meeting last night organized by the District Department of Transportation, (DDOT), community members listened to presentations from Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Ed Soloman and Jeff Jones, Project Manager Afis Idowu, and representatives from the Washington Water and Sewer Authority, Washington Gas, and Washington Metropolitan Area …
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
DDOT delivers and continues work on several projects in Georgetown.
Since September, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has delivered on several promised projects and continued work on others. All four of Georgetown's bikeshare stations are now in place, though not all where they were originally anticipated, as with the station meant to service the University. After neighbor and ANC objections, DDOT nixed the proposed station near the Car Barn. It is now located just outside the University gates. The other three stations on on K St. near the Swiss Embassy, on Wisconsin Ave. near the Social Safeway and on Wisconsin Ave. at the canal. In August, the transportation agency put out a request for qualifications for contractors for the rehabilitation of O and P Sts. from Wisconsin Ave. to 37th …