The Streetcar, Which Has Never Run, Still Won't Run in Snowstorm
The District Department of Transportation made a curious snow-closings announcement Friday: The D.C. streetcar will stop service at 5 p.m.
That might have caused Washingtonians to say: Wait, what streetcar?
The 2.2-mile streetcar line has never carried passengers. But [for the past year and a half] it has been running back and forth along H Street NE, performing what DDOT calls “simulated service.” And in light of the snow, simulated service will stop Friday.
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I know.... whaa whaaaa whaaaaaaaaaaa
a banana peel on the road presents a safety hazard to bicycles.
So, basically, this connects parts of Broadway with the I. D. and provides a one stop ride (albeit a bit slow) to Jackson downtown. That's about it. My guess is that most of the people who take this will be joy riders and those who were expecting to take the bus (but this happened to arrive first).
It is note worthy to mention how this came about. This is paid for by Sound Transit, even though it is implemented by SDOT. It is compensation for not putting in a light rail stop in First Hill.
Meanwhile... on the SLUT
Trams are fast, efficient, and on-schedule ONLY when they have dedicated lanes; and so aren't affected by automobile traffic. Where I live, this is the case. The only exception is for taxis and buses, which are the only other vehicles allowed to use the transit lane. So the system works tremendously well.
The Capitol Hill - Jackson Station route should only take about 30 minutes. But if the tram has to sit in street traffic, it isn't any better than a poorly run bus system which suffers the same problem.
Seems pretty poorly conceived to me.