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Beer on M St. by JB0912.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Commander Salamander closing. Or moving. It’s not clear.
  • The Current reports that the Glover Park ANC is pushing DDOT to more seriously consider a Wisconsin Ave. streetcar line. Right now it’s merely a to-be-considered-later line.
  • Want to go to the World Series of Poker? Show up at the City Tavern this Saturday for your chance.

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Wisc. and M in 1969 by Parkview DC.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • According to the Post, several years ago Montana Senator Max Baucus used his bold faced name to¬†weigh in against the proposed paving of the Georgetown trolley tracks near his home. The proposal was eventually dropped in favor of rehabbing the tracks.
  • Even without snakes, the Georgetown University population was able to reduce the number of vermin in its midsts.

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Streetcars to Return to Georgetown (Eventually)

Wednesday night DDOT hosted an open house at Hyde-Addison to discuss the city’s plans for a brand new streetcar network. The long term plans for this network include a branch into Georgetown. This would bring an end to the nearly 40 years that Georgetown has been without streetcars (which traveled Georgetown’s streets for about a century before they were shut down).

The saga that is the DC streetcar effort has been well documented at GGW, among others. Long story short: During the Williams¬†administration, DDOT performed a study for DC’s transit future. The study concluded that better interneighborhood transit was necessary. This was to be achieved through the use of multiple tools including streetcars and bus rapid transit.

The first streetcar line was to run through Anacostia. This is about when the plans spun off the tracks, if you can pardon the pun. Questions about the route and just who exactly owned the CSX tracks increasingly made a mockery out of the ground breaking ceremony staged in 2002.

Gabe Klein Speaks to Ward 2

But new DDOT Director Gabe Klein, along with Councilmember Tommy Wells, have rededicated the city towards building an ambitious streetcar network. Initially lines will go to Anacostia and along H St. NE. If all goes as planned, the network will eventually look like this:

For Georgetown, this will mean a streetcar coming from Washington Circle down K St. to somewhere around 33rd St. This line will travel from Georgetown down K St. all the way to New Jersey Ave. where it will snake down to H St. It will then pass Union Station (where it will be incorporated into the Union Station Intermodal Transportation Center) and continue on along H St. NE until it reaches Benning Rd.

The Georgetown extension is not planned to be built until the second of three phases. DDOT is hoping to finish all three phases in seven to nine years. That would probably mean streetcars would reach Georgetown in four to six years. Although further delays are probably inevitable.

The big issue when it comes to streetcars in DC is how to power them. All over the world streetcars are powered with overhead wires. However, in central DC (including Georgetown) overhead wires are prohibited by federal law. DC will probably end up using a hybrid system involving some overhead wires and batteries. There is zero chance that any overhead wires will go up in Georgetown.

Finally, you’ll notice from the map above that there’s an arrow going from K and Wisconsin northward. That’s because DDOT is considering Wisconsin as an extension to the Georgetown line. That could mean that it gets incorporated into the third phase or it could just mean that it would be among the first expansions considered after the 37-mile system is built.

In reality, besides the H St. and Anacostia lines, nothing is set in stone. The true driving force will be whether the city can find money for the system. That’s a huge ‘whether.’

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ANC Preview: When It Rains It Pours

ANC Agenda Released

While the ground may still be soaked with Saturday’s rain, ANC watchers know that we’ve been under a severe drought of boring ANC agendas since at least March.

Well there are rain clouds on the horizon.

The agenda for next week’s ANC meeting was released and among all the normal boring stuff it’s got three fascinating items on the menu. Check them out after the jump: Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • DDOT will hold a public meeting October 28th at the Hyde School to discuss its plans for streetcars in Ward 2
  • A tipster informs GM that 28th above Q was hit by car break-ins again. The isolated stretch has suffered a long string of car break-ins this year.

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