DC Streetcar is ready to roll; checkouts prepare for paying customers for first time in 50 years

DC Street Car side view

DC Street Car side view

 

Washington, DC (Sept. 24, 2014) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the start of DC Streetcar’s “Pre-Revenue Operations” phase—a crucial milestone for DC Streetcar as it continues prepping the system to be certified safe to carry passengers. System Integration Testing and Operator Training is wrapping up now, and Pre-Revenue Operations is anticipated to begin Monday, September 29.

Pre-Revenue Operations is actual service simulated along the corridor without passengers. During this phase, all streetcar vehicles will run at their projected hours with projected headways (about every 10 minutes). Proposed hours of operations for the streetcars were included in a recent legislation package that is now open for public review. Comments regarding the proposed hours of operation can be sent to publicspace.policy@dc.gov until September 27.
The proposed hours are:
• Monday-Thursday: 6 am – midnight
• Friday: 6 am – 2 am
• Saturday: 8 am – 2 am
• Sundays and Holidays: 8 am – 10 pm
DC street car on H StreetMotorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can expect to see streetcars with greater frequency during this phase and are reminded of the following safety tips:
  • Streetcars share the roadways, but cannot veer around vehicles.
  • Vehicles, including delivery trucks, should be sure to park within the lines and use designated loading zones. The Department of Public Works is now ticketing and towing vehicles that impede the path of the streetcar.
  • Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists should use caution as they travel through the corridor.
  • Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” near streetcar vehicles at all times—look both ways and listen for the streetcar before stepping into the crosswalk.
  • Never walk in front of a moving streetcar.
  • Traffic and pedestrian signals exist for your safety—follow them to ensure your safety.
For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com.
DC Transit System 766 National Capital Trolley Museum

DC Transit System 766 National Capital Trolley Museum
A DC Transit street car is one of a dozen or more that provides rides for groups at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Maryland.

A DC Transit street car is one of a dozen or more that provides rides for groups at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Maryland.
Street cars running on 14th Street in District. General Motors and other firms lobbied hard to have their buses replace street cars.

Street cars running on 14th Street in District. General Motors and other firms lobbied hard to have their buses replace street cars.

 

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