Posts Tagged ‘streetcars’

Proposed Rules Would Ban Biking in H Street NE Streetcar Lanes

Biking on H Street, however, would not be banned entirely.

Chatter: Track Marks

What you said about what we said last week
The D.C. Council wants to reduce funding for D.C.’s planned streetcar network, pitting some councilmembers against Mayor Vince Gray. Responding to last week’s Housing Complex column, commenter E. Masquinongy blamed the delayed opening of the streetcar’s first line on the D.C. government: “I think that the H Street [...]

The Needle: Takeout Edition

Barrygate: Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry provided an object lesson in how not to apologize for outrageous comments today, first blaming the media for reporting, then trying to mitigate by Twitter, his statement after winning Tuesday's Democratic primary that Asian business owners "ought to go" for opening "those dirty shops." By late afternoon, Barry [...]

City Makes Deal For Two More Streetcars

DCist has the details on how the city managed to salvage a deal for two streetcars (on top of the three they've already purchased):
Today DDOT also announced that it had inked an $8.7 million deal with Oregon Iron Works, a Portland-based manufacturer, to purchase two new more streetcars. A similar deal signed in December quickly [...]

The Needle: Oh, Shut Up, Senator Casey, Edition

Your U.S. Senate At Work: Maybe it's best D.C. doesn't have any members in the Senate, after all. Because if we did, they'd probably do embarrassing things like what Pennsylvania's Democratic Sen. Bob Casey did today, which was whine on Twitter about the Nationals' plan to sell advance tickets to a May homestand against the [...]

District Cancels Contract With Streetcar Makers

Washington Business Journal reports that the District has canceled its $8.7 million contract for two streetcars with Oregon-based United Streetcar LLC.
Apparently another bidder, the Inekon Group, asserted that the contract was improperly issued:
Inekon built the District's first two streetcars. It offered to build the next two, slated to run on the H Street/Benning Road line, [...]

The Needle: Delayed Again Edition

Now Not Boarding: Tram enthusiasts of America got tragic news today—the H Street NE streetcars almost certainly won't launch in 2012, as originally planned, but rather late 2013. That's a second delay, after the initial launch was pushed back from next spring to next fall. Part of the problem? There aren't enough cars. Construction may [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Jemal’s Hookers LLC Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
No Beer Here: New Columbia Heights ruminates that the empty lot at 14th and W streets NW, which is slated to be redeveloped as condos, would make an excellent beer garden: "That said, wouldn't it make an awesome place [...]

The Needle: Brunch Away Edition

The Early Brunch Catches the Worm: A leisurely weekend morning spent guzzling mimosas and bloody Marys typically wouldn't get started until nearly noon; after all, the Venn diagram intersection of "people up early on a Sunday" and "people who want to drink on Sunday mornings" isn't usually very large. But the city's coffers need a [...]

Metro Bad News Roundup: Service Cuts and Videotaped Fights Edition

The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, [...]

The Needle: Streetcars Back On the Chopping Block Edition

Ho, Ho, Ho: Now you can do your holiday shopping on your way to watch a Georgetown Hoyas basketball game—the downtown holiday market opened up again today. Vendors, including crafters and local restaurants, will be out from noon to 8 p.m. until Dec. 23. (A few generations ago, of course, going shopping along 7th Street [...]

The Needle: Toilet Standoff Averted Edition

Rally to Restore Porta Potties: This whole Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert thing may be all about irony. But that doesn't mean Comedy Central can't still pull together and get some actual results when it matters. A burgeoning toilet crisis has been averted, and anti-protest protesters will be able to go the bathroom even though the Marine [...]

Loose Lips Daily: The Kids are Four to Five Points Less Alright Edition

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City Paper exclusive on MPD's go-go report.
Wanted: One mayor for mayoral forum
Sweeperscam now even more expensive

Good morning sweet readers! Did anyone manage [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Performance-Based Pay Raise Edition

Good Morning, all. You can finally say farewell to that oppressive heat wave; for the next week, temperatures will hover in the low 80s, with mostly sunny skies.
Breaking news today for D.C. teachers: yesterday, the D.C. Council officially ended 2 ½ years of political jostling by approving a contract with the Washington Teachers’ Union that [...]

Fenty Is Late To Metro Memorial: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—"Would-Be Burglars Ruin Vincent Gray's Ice Cream Interview," "Council Showdown This Afternoon On Overhead Wires," "Is Metro Safer? Reporters disagree."
Morning All. Your fence jokes are [...]