A 37-Mile Streetcar Network
Status: In the planning and early construction stages. The line is expected to open in the summer of 2013.
Route: The first segment will be a 2.2-mile line with seven stops, running on H Street and Benning Road NE. Ultimately, the proposed Streetcar network will include eight lines and comprise of 37 miles of streetcar lines.
D.C. officials expect to see 6,350 passengers per day when the first line opens, but by 2030, they expect ridership to nearly triple to about 23,450 passengers per day.
Economic Development: A 2010 study projects that the benefits of the proposed streetcar would include:
Annual growth and retention of 1,400 households in the District for ten years
Growth in income tax base by increasing the proportion of people who live and work in the District
An increase of $5 billion to $7 billion in the value of existing property and additional $5 to $8 billion in new development in the streetcar corridors in the ten years after completion.
Between the real estate market, adding new residents and producing greater sales-tax receipts, the development of a streetcar is projected to generate between $238 million and $291 million in annual new revenue within ten years of its completion.
Distinguishing Features: Like Portland and many other cities, D.C. will use modern streetcars manufactured by Skoda-Inekon of the Czech Republic. It will also purchase two American-made streetcars made by United Streetcar out of Oregon.
This extensive system is intended to serve not only neighborhoods already well-connected to Metrorail but also large portions of the District currently underserved by transit. The streetcar system will be integrated with Metrorail and other transit services.
District of Columbia Streetcar Land Use Study http://planning.dc.gov/DC/Planning/Planning%20Publication%20Files/OP/Citywide/citywide_pdfs/FINAL%20for%20Web_Screen%20View.pdf