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  • HA. Our tax dollars at work.

  • Anonynon

    still no passengers?

  • I still don’t understand the allure of the streetcar. Why sink so much money into a vehicle that can’t even swerve to avoid hiding a car or pedestrian?

  • Here comes another year of testing.

  • accendo

    Can we please just pull the plug on this thing?

  • why don’t they just get rid of the parking already?

    • +1. Get rid of all parking along the route. This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • +1 There are three lanes in each direction on H Street. One is a parking lane and two are travel lanes. When they first started planning the streetcar, there was talk of removing the parking lane and making it a dedicated streetcar lane (with protective barriers) so you’d have two travel lanes and a streetcar lane. Many of the businesses along H Street claimed that removing the parking lane would be detrimental to their bottom lines, so the city decided to leave the parking lane and mix the streetcar lane and the outermost travel lane in each direction. This is the result. I always wondered why they didn’t remove the parking lane and make that a dedicated streetcar lane, and then make one of the travel lanes a parking lane during non-rush and travel during rush hour. Seems to me this would have been the best of both worlds, but nobody asked me.

      • Or alternatively, couldn’t they had the street car in the middle lanes? I’m sure there was worry about pedestrians having to cross traffic….but that sort of layout has worked well in other cities.

        • I remember this was discussed before the tracks went in and there was concern about pedestrians crossing the street, passenger overflow on the platforms, and swerving lanes to accommodate the platforms.

          • Argh. San Francisco has a streetcar running down the middle of a much busier street (Market Street) and people are able to manage just fine.

      • IMO, they should have put the streetcar tracks in the center of the street and created dedicated streetcar lanes in the center — that’s how it’s usually done in most places I’ve visited that have streetcars.

  • This is going to be a daily occurrence if this thing ever opens. Washingtonians on the roads are too focused on themselves and getting to where they want to go as fast as possible at whatever cost to share the road safely with the streetcars.

  • Sure, he was a foot or two from the curb, but it wasn’t THAT bad. I’d put it at about “DC average” given the horror show of parallel parking seen on a regular basis. This thing is going to destroy an average of 3-4 side mirrors a day.

  • Thank you, Gabe Klein!!!

  • I’ve parked on H when the street car was testing and despite being within the line I was still startled at how close the thing was. The painted line has a minimal buffer and insufficient signage. I fear this will be a regular occurrence.

  • Give these damn streetcar drivers a bat! Knock that mirror off.

    How inconsiderate can you be to block the streetcar lane

  • it’s frustrating that this was executed so poorly. it will likely kill or at best significantly delay any future improvements in the transit network across k street or up georgia to walter reed/silver spring. the best hope is that the georgetown bid realizes how crucial it is for them to get back into the transit fold and pushes for the completion of the east-west streetcar (and hopefully improvements to it, fixing the simple things like the idiotic parking situation on h street). i wish it was politically viable to say, “well now we know what we did wrong, so the next legs will be that much better.”

  • In the absence of dedicated lanes, the streetcar is just an expensive bus service.

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