If you’re planning on visiting our nation’s capital, we’ve got some big news news for you:
Soon, it’s going to be even easier to get around!
The city of Washington D.C. has been working for over a decade planning, constructing and testing a new light rail streetcar system. On Feb. 18, 2016, District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo announced that the new streetcar system will open for full passenger service on Saturday, Feb, 27th! The new streetcar service will complement the Washington D.C. Metro which opened in 1976. The current Metro rail system now operates with 91 stations and expanding, it boasts one of the most modern metro systems for a city of it’s size. The addition of the new streetcar service will allow connections between different parts of the city which were not available before.
“I’m proud to announce that Streetcar is ready for passenger service,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I want to thank the residents of the H Street and Benning Road communities for their patience during the construction and testing of the system. As a way of saying ‘thank you,’ fares will be free on the system for an initial period of time.”
There will be an opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 on 13th Street, NE between H Street, NE and Wylie Street, NE (intersection of 13th/H). All members of the public are invited to attend the open ceremony.
The DC Streetcar planned standard hours of operation will be: Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. We were excited to see that the city has made a push to extend the hours of operation on Friday and Saturday till 2 a.m. which will hopefully offer an alternative to driving for those out drinking on the weekend. Holiday service will be reduced operating from 8 a.m. till 10 p.m. Take note though, that for the moment there is no service planned on Sundays.
While the H Street/ Benning Road Line is the first segment of the DC Streetcar system to become operational, the Mayor has committed to expanding the line current line east and west. Remember, the streetcar will be free for a short period to encourage ridership!
If you’d like to learn more about the new service check out their dedicated site dcstreetcar.com or check out their AWESOME YouTube video, complete with 80’s themed music and hair design… you know, since it only seemed to take forever to see the project come to fruition!