Speak Up for Streetcars
Streetcars in DC need your help – please contact your elected officials now and urge them to support bringing streetcars back to D.C.’s streets as an environmentally friendly addition to our transit network!
Streetcars promise a “greener” future for D.C., moving people efficiently across the city with fewer cars and less pollution. Streetcars offer a number of important benefits:
Streetcars have demonstrated the ability to promote economic development and neighborhood revitalization along their routes.
They provide a smooth, comfortable ride and are much quieter than buses.
Because streetcars run on electricity rather than gasoline, they do not emit air pollution at street level as buses do.
Streetcars can draw more people out of their cars and onto transit than buses, reducing traffic congeston, noise pollution, and vehicle emissions.
In late 2009, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) unveilled a plan for an extensive 37-mile streetcar network to better meet D.C.’s transit needs in the future. DDOT has made great progress since then and is poised to get the first streetcar line running on H Street and Benning Road NE by spring 2012! However, they need the funding necessary to make this happen and this requires the D.C. Council to approve the funding.
Thank you for your help!