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District Gets $1M Grant For DC Streetcar

2:48 PM, Dec 22, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The District Department of Transportation  has received a $1 million grant by the Federal Transit Administration to study alternatives for extending a DC Streetcar line into the K Street Corridor.

According to DDOT,  the funding from the first federal grant for D.C. specifically for the streetcar program will allow DDOT to "evaluate possible alignments as well as streetcar propulsion alternatives."

DDOT says The Alternatives Analysis grant is a critical first step in securing federal funding for the streetcar system.

DDOT Director Gabe Klein said in a statement, "We're already pursuing a vehicle that can operate without overhead wires. This grant will help us accelerate our efforts and could lead to new innovations in modern streetcars."

The study will review options for connecting the H Street/Benning streetcar route with K Street, NW. DDOT says the study will also evaluate turnaround options in the Washington Circle area. DDOT hopes the streetcar system "will be the nation's preeminent streetcar line, serving one of the largest employment centers in the country with high-quality service on dedicated transit lanes."

The District's was one of 23 winning proposals chosen by the FTA and one of only a handful that specifically involve rail transit.

The development and construction of the DC Streetcar system has been funded almost entirely with local dollars, but DDOT anticipates future segments of the 37-mile streetcar network will be funded by a combination of local, federal and private investment.

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