But I’m not the only one working on these plans. According to the New York Times, 40 cities in the
Some notes about the plan: This a version 1.0 plan. Based on comments, I’ve changed my other plans, and I’d love to hear from you. Please tell me what you think.
This plan, like my others, represents what I think the region can support right now—not what will be needed in 2030. In 2030, I would hope that this network exists as a small portion of something rivaling
I chose lines based on connection commercial nodes. I know that some of the lines are long. Not very many people will ride from
Many of the corridors I picked were once streetcar lines in DC’s past. The
Streetcars would mostly operate in traffic, like the Portland Streetcar (pictured at top). Stops would be similar to bus stops, but would include more streetscaping.
So, without further adieu, the Plan:
This line starts in
Wisconsin Avenue/Rosslyn Line:
The Wisconsin Avenue Streetcar starts at
The Rosslyn Branch continues along M Street, turning south to cross the
The Wisconsin Branch turns north from M Street onto
This line starts at Oklahoma Avenue Metro. Proceeding west along
The Mid-City/Crosstown Line follows the Connecticut Avenue Line downtown, diverging to follow
Boundary Street Line:
Parallel to the Crosstown Line, the Boundary Street Line follows historic
This line starts at Q and 20th NW, near
This branch of the Georgia Avenue Line also runs into
Here’s a Google map of my proposal:
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The streetcars need a place to be stored overnight and also a venue where maintenance can be performed. If other cities examples can be followed, new development along the corridor could be made to accommodate a trolley barn as a condition of zoning approval.
At least two locations do seem to have immediate potential, however. At Oklahoma Avenue Metro, the parking lots at RFK will be redeveloped. However, it seems possible that room for Trolleys could be left somewhere on site. Additionally, if non-revenue tracks led south from Rhode Island Avenue along Eastern Avenue near Mount Rainier, a Trolley storage/maintenance facility could be constructed on the industrial sites south of the
Additionally, it might be possible to return WMATA’s Northern Bus Garage in
What other corridors do you think would support a streetcar?