The 5pm Post – Sierra Club Happy Hour Fundraiser Thurs.

Image of potential future streetcar system from Streetcars for DC facebook page.

From an email:

On Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., the Sierra Club’ s Washington, D.C. Chapter will hold a streetcar happy hour at SOVA (1359 H Street NE).

Please join fellow streetcar supporters to have a drink and celebrate recent streetcar successes while informally discussing next steps for our campaign to make streetcars a reality in D.C.

The Sierra Club plans to begin holding streetcar happy hours on a regular basis, and we hope to reach out to as many parts of the city as possible. If you would like to see a happy hour take place in your neighborhood, please contact Jason Broehm, chair of the Chapter’s transportation committee, at [email protected]

To learn more about DC’s streetcar initiative, visit here.

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  • really? huge capital investment, makes for a less flexible transport system, and actually more ghg emissions than natural gas buses (not even counting all that’s churned out during the construction). i get that they’re fashionable and maybe having a line on the ground spurs development (i don’t know), but the environmental benefit at this point isn’t real.

  • While streetcars may be less flexible that’s also a chief benefit. Because the rails are there to stay (notwithstanding the 1960’s era mistake of dismantling D.C.’s previous streetcar system), it’s a signal to businesses and developers that their investment in a streetcar corridor is sound. Whereas a bus line (and their customers) can be rerouted, a streetcar line is fixed. Streetcars can bring economic investment to corridors that need it (H Street-Benning Road NE now and someday on Georgia Avenue NW). Portland, OR, has benefited from $3.5 billion in economic development within two blocks of their first streetcar line. There’s great potential for D.C.’s long-neglected business corridors to see streetcar-induced development like this too.

    Calculating the GHG emissions of streetcars vs. buses is complicated; however, you should consider the following points: (1) streetcars can carry more riders than buses; (2) there’s evidence from other cities that streetcars have the ability to draw more people out of their cars and onto streetcars than buses; (3) streetcars don’t lose energy during breaking in the same way that buses do; and (4) because streetcars run on electricity, they are more fuel-flexible and can increasingly run on renewable energy as we produce more of it in the future whereas buses run on fossil fuels, whether diesel or compressed natural gas.

    If you’d like to discuss this over beer, feel free to join us at SOVA on Thursday.

  • I just don’t like looking at all the overhead lines.

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