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How to Speak Out About Possible Streetcar Expansion to Georgetown

by Andrew Ramonas November 4, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

Streetcar on H Street NED.C. and federal officials this month are set to hear from members of the public about what they think about creating a downtown streetcar line that would connect Union Station to Georgetown.

The District Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are scheduled to host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, to discuss the environmental and cultural effects of expanding the 2.4-mile stretch of streetcar tracks in Northeast to Northwest.

The project could extend the streetcar line by 3.3 miles from 3rd Street NE to 33rd Street NW, mostly centered on or near K Street.

The discussion, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pinstripes (1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW), will come six months after D.C. and federal officials last held a community meeting on the potential streetcar expansion. The gathering in May was the first time in about two years that officials met with the public about the project.

After years of delays and setbacks, the District’s new streetcars started picking up passengers for the first time along H Street and Benning Road NE in February.

It’s unclear when a line to Georgetown would open. But officials plan to release an environmental assessment report on the possible streetcar extension in the summer next year.

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