Image of options for providing H Street streetcar connections to Union Station from H Street, from the Washington City Paper.
The City Paper has an online ("When Will the Streetcar Get its Own Agency?") and print story ("Slow Train: D.C. streetcars keep hitting speedbumps. How are they going to get where they're going?") about the state of streetcar planning for H Street, and the debacle over providing a direct connection to Union Station.
Basically, the city's equivocation f*ed up getting a reasonably direct streetcar connection to Union Station on H Street.
I would argue that there is still time to right this, but the city would have to step up and really work it. Given it has taken 8 years to get the various parties together on a restoration of the front plaza of Union Station (see "Columbus Plaza to Finally Get Its Facelift
" also from the City Paper
), if you don't take a hardcore and strong position, it's not going to happen.
(Note that I remember talking to Rachel MacCleery, then the Ward 6 transportation planner for DDOT about the need for this project back in 2004.)
Streetcar service at Washington Union Station, 1957. Photo: Joe Testagrose Collection
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