We are calling for an expanded and improved crosstown streetcar route that links communities and spurs economic development.
A smart, functional crosstown streetcar route will run along Benning Road, H Street NE, and K Street NW to connect the District like never before. A crosstown streetcar would link Ward 7 to Ward 2 via H Street, Union Station, Mount Vernon Triangle, Downtown DC, the West End, and Georgetown.
While the first phase of the DC streetcar has suffered from false starts and cost overruns, streetcars in dedicated transit lanes remain the best near-term way to substantially increase transit capacity across the District. A crosstown streetcar line would make it easier to get across congested downtown DC, facilitate continued growth in the central city, provide an alternative to crowded Metro lines, and create an opportunity to reimagine K Street as a beautiful urban promenade.
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The Streetcars 4 DC coalition asks that the District commit to fund these improvements by 2020:
- A dedicated transitway from Union Station to Georgetown, with efficient bus and rail service along a reimagined, pedestrian-friendly K Street
- A streetcar line east along Benning Road, connecting to Metro's Blue Line at East Capitol Street
- Structural improvements to the Hopscotch and Benning Road bridges to allow them to carry streetcars