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Mayor Gray Meets with Community and Announces DC Streetcar Interim Connection to Union Station
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Mayor Gray Meets with Community and Announces DC Streetcar Interim Connection to Union Station

 

This notice comes to us from John Lisle:

Last night, at a public meeting on the H Street/Benning Road Streetcar line, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that an interim connection to Union Station would be used. The Mayor told the crowd of residents and business owners that the District will move forward with plans to link the streetcar to the train station via the Hopscotch Bridge that carries H Street over the Amtrak tracks.

 

“A connection to Union Station, even if it’s only an interim solution, is necessary,” noted Mayor Gray. “It is critical we have this connection in place for the opening of the Streetcar system in July 2013. The benefits afforded by a close connection to a regional transit hub are infinite.”

 

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) evaluated multiple options for a Union Station connection and narrowed it to two options last week. These options were presented to the business community along H Street in meetings held on Monday, November 28. Some residents raised strong concerns related to one of the options which would route tracks through the neighborhood directly east of Union Station, with a stop at 2ndand F Streets NE. In response, Mayor Gray tasked DDOT to connect to Union Station via the Hopscotch Bridge.

 

“Utilizing the Hopscotch Bridge will require DDOT to make improvements to the deck of the bridge, but not a complete rehabilitation as has been incorrectly suggested,” stated Terry Bellamy, DDOT’s Director. “DDOT is getting ready to start a study to look at ways to improve transit connectivity from Union Station to the downtown and western end of the city. This study will take into consideration future improvements in and around the Union Station facility and how transit will best be accommodated as part of those improvements.”

 

The meeting also addressed the proposed Car Barn Training Center at the eastern end of the line, the installation of the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) comprised of poles and wires, and the substations that will supply power to the streetcars. The full presentation will be posted online at www.dcstreetcar.com.

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