Care of a comment to a Morning Metropolitan, GM became aware of the Wisconsin Ave. Streetcar Coalition. It’s a group of Wisconsin Ave.-based residents and others in the Washington area who support sustainable development and transportation. Their goal is to convince DDOT to make firmer plans to bring a streetcar to Wisconsin Ave.
Little background: Last fall DDOT announced an ambitious plan to bring streetcar lines all over the city.
As you can see, for Georgetown DDOT is planning a line that goes down K St. all the way passed Union Station, out on H St. NE to Benning Rd. What you also see in DDOT’s plans for Georgetown is a gray arrow heading up Wisconsin Ave. This is labeled a possible future route. That characterization is what the Wisconsin Ave. Streetcar Coalition would like to change. They would like it to be more firmly included in the initial plans.
GM would love to see streetcars head up Wisconsin Ave. and replicate the original 32 streetcar line that once traversed the whole city the way the 32 bus series does now.This is a heavily used bus line and Wisconsin Ave. has a string of vibrant yet transit-starved districts. A streetcar would induce way more people to leave the car at home (or not buy a car in the first place) than a bus can.
Yes, the majority of even the planned lines are more pie-in-the-sky than imminent, but the sooner that gray line turns into a colored line, the more likely we’ll see streetcars on Wisconsin Ave.
So join the Wisconsin Streetcar Coalition today on Facebook or contact its organizer Ben Thielen at benthielen (at) yahoo (dot) com to show your support.