Streetcar supporters in D.C., we need your help now to ensure that the D.C. Council approves funding for streetcars so that the first streetcar line can begin operating by early 2012.
Just last week, the District Department of Transportation publicly unveiled its plan to finish the initial segment of the H Street-Benning Road streetcar line and start streetcar service there by spring 2012. This is excellent news, but it gets even better! Mayor Fenty’s budget includes $63 million for streetcars to make this plan a reality. These funds will pay to connect this streetcar line to the Union Station Metrorail station, install a turnaround at the east end of the line, build a storage and maintenance facility, and purchase six additional streetcar vehicles.
However, the D.C. Council still must approve these funds as part of the budget, and there are many competing demands for funding before the Council so we need your help now! Please contact your D.C. Council members and let them know that you want them to invest in D.C.’s transit future.
This investment in streetcars will provide D.C. residents with an efficient and environmentally friendly transit option that will connect D.C.’s neighborhoods, spur economic development, revitalize our communities, and reduce traffic congestion, noise pollution and air pollution.