Posts Tagged ‘DDOT’

How Would a Spingarn HS Closure Affect the Streetcar Barn on the Site?

One of the names of the schools targeted for closure by DCPS will jump out at anyone following the city's streetcar battles: Spingarn High School. The District Department of Transportation is planning to build a streetcar barn and training facility on the Ward 5 school's campus, over fierce objections from some neighbors. There are two [...]

For D.C.’s Bikers, More Cushion for the Pushin’

"If you build it, they will come." It's the go-to quote among optimists in development circles, used in discussions of everything from parks to neighborhoods to retail centers. But when it comes to D.C.'s bike infrastructure—that's how Jim Sebastian of the District Department of Transportation used it at a media luncheon yesterday on the city's bike [...]

Don’t Hold Your Breath for the Streetcar

That's pretty much the news out of Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh's hearing this morning on the fate of the elusive D.C. streetcar. District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy said that the controversy over the proposed car barn on the campus of Spingarn High School, and the related historic landmark nomination for the campus, [...]

Not Asking for a Lot

Late last year, Douglas Development Corporation presented Tenleytown residents with two options. The ground floor of an apartment building it was planning for the site of the defunct Babe’s Billiards on Wisconsin Avenue NW could either become a parking garage—or it could be devoted to retail. The local Advisory Neighborhood Commission deliberated, and at its [...]

Capital Bikeshare Rolls Out Homeless Pilot

First, the District Department of Transportation tried to reach the not-so-rich through a partnership with D.C.'s banking program, giving discounted memberships to people who sign up for a debit or credit card. Now, they're partnering with a nonprofit to try helping out more people who could really use some low-cost transportation: The homeless.
Not just any [...]

Streetcar Going Up the H Street Bridge After All

It's been a good six months since the District Department of Transportation became aware that it would need to figure out a temporary streetcar connection to Union Station while a permanent continuation through to downtown was thoroughly studied. A couple months after that point, DDOT came up with some ideas for how to do it. [...]

Clearer Pictures of How the Streetcar May End, For Now

Back in August, we learned what was under consideration for the H Street trolley's temporary connection to Union Station (after the initial idea, going through an underpass, fell through). Now, the District Department of Transportation has issued some sketches of their own, and they're a little different: The alternatives have narrowed to two, with stopping [...]

Park Service Seeks Temporary Replacement Tourmobile

Welcome to November, and the post-Tourmobile era! Well, sort of.
Although the operations of Landmark Services Tourmobile Inc. officially go kaput today, you probably haven't seen the end of those little blue trams. Why? Because in its solicitation for a temporary operator—responses due this Friday!—the National Park Service says that it "may provide" the ten 85-seaters [...]

Bike Lanes Under the Microscope

If you've biked across U Street at 16th Street lately, or along the 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue cycletracks, you might have been stopped by someone who handed you a postcard with a link to a survey site about what it's like to use the new contraflow lanes that sometimes take a while to figure [...]

What it Looks Like Under There

To help me understand what the "H Street Underpass" is for my story this week, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation president David Ball offered a tour of the gigantic space that might have temporarily housed the western end of the District's first streetcar line, had DDOT and Amtrak been able to come to an agreement.
The tunnel—accessible [...]

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