07/24/14 10:50am

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Thanks to all who sent photos of the streetcar being tested on H Street last night.

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DDOT writes:

“This week the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) permanently moved four streetcar vehicles to the H Street and Benning Road NE streetcar corridor. At no time prior have four vehicles been on the corridor at once. These vehicles will now continue System Integration Testing (SIT) and operator training in advance of passenger service, which is expected later this year. The District’s two other streetcar vehicles will join them in the coming months.

SIT includes the integration of vehicles, power, communications and traffic and train signal controls to ensure that all components are safe and working properly. Elements that are tested include radio communications, overhead contact system (OCS) interface, track switch interface, traction power emergency trip, braking, signal and sign visibility and streetcar control center communications. These tests will occur in live traffic conditions on the corridor.

In-traffic operator training is also beginning, building on the training and pre-qualification operators already received at the DC Streetcar Testing & Commissioning Site. Each operator will train with supervisors along the corridor under various traffic scenarios in order to be certified to carry passengers on the H/Benning Line.

Pre-revenue operations, in which service is simulated without passengers, will follow SIT and operator training. These elements are required for DDOT to certify its system and be accepted by the State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA). The safety certification process involves several critical steps and is intended to ensure that the system meets safety standards and is ready to carry passengers.

Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution as they travel through the corridor during testing and training activities. Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” around streetcar vehicles at all times – look both ways and listen for the streetcar before stepping into the crosswalk, and never walk in front of a moving streetcar.

Drivers should also be aware that the Department of Public Works (DPW) is now ticketing cars that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.”

And @dcstreetcar tweets:

“REMEMBER: The streetcar is still in testing mode. For your safety, do not attempt to board.”

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07/22/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

From a press release:

“H Street Main Street, in conjunction with H Street Corridor businesses, will host “Streetcar Stroll and Roll” events on Saturday, July 26 and Saturday, August 23 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. to promote the upcoming launch of the District’s first streetcar line and highlight the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses.

A number of streetcar style decorated pedicabs will provide the public with free rides along the H Street Corridor from the Union Station to Maryland Ave. NE—the route of the upcoming H/Benning DC Streetcar line. While enjoying the pedicab rides, participants are encouraged to visit H Street NE businesses, restaurants and bars, enjoy displays from local artists that will be featured along the corridor and experience the neighborhood’s unique atmosphere. (more…)

07/18/14 11:20am

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500 H Street, NE

Micho’s Lebanese Grill has soft opened on H Street in the former Nouveau Fleur Florist space at the corner of 5th and H. The early reaction on twitter has been extremely positive – @TyGiordano‘s sentiment was expressed by many:

“The verdict: lamb/beef shawarma and Micho’s wraps = delicious! We’re definitely returning to @michosgrill soon! Welcome to the neighborhood!”

As a fellow shawarma fan – can’t wait to take a taste. Anyone else get an early bite?

On Saturday you’ll be able to see their full menu here.

07/14/14 3:10pm

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From DC Streetcar:

“Beginning today, the District Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin ticketing and/or towing vehicles along H Street and Benning Road NE that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The District’s streetcar vehicles are scheduled to return permanently to the corridor this month for additional testing before passenger service begins.

The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.

The DC Streetcar Team has been issuing “warning tickets” to vehicles on H/Benning that are improperly parked, prior to actual enforcement. Outreach will continue in order to spread the word that DPW is now ticketing and to educate motorists about proper parking along the streetcar corridor.”

07/11/14 4:20pm

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331 H Street, NE

A reader sends an update:

This shop is now open. I went in this week. It’s fabulous, and the owner is just awesome!”

Island Dyes website says:

“Welcome to our newest and sixth location, ISLAND DYES – Washington, D.C. We are very excited to offer our wide array of Island coolness! Once inside you will quickly find this is no normal headshop. We have something for everyone here.

Island Dyes is home of SYN Glass, the makers of one the best and almost indestructible waterpipes on the market. Don’t stop there though, we have righteous tie dies, bodacious hats and accessories you won’t find anywhere else. Flower power to the people! Island Dyes style coming your way!”

07/09/14 7:00am

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1208 H Street, NE

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard about the Souk space which closed in Nov. 2012. Renovations starting were reported back in Sept. 2013 and now their facebook page says:

“The Atlas District welcomes Chef J. Scott Webster and his newest venture, Kitty’s Saloon! Come enjoy some southern inspired Contemporary Redneck Cuisine. Coming Summer 2014!!”

Their website says:

“The Atlas District welcomes Chef J. Scott Webster to the neighborhood! With 10 years experience as the executive Chef for Clyde’s Group and a history with Marcel Desaulniers at the Trellis Restaurant, he is finally ready to break the mold.

Scott’s southern upbringing and midwestern influences will pop off of your plate with his signature mouth-waterin’ good Contemporary Redneck Cuisine.

Come on in and cozy up with some Cornbread and Gator Tots while Scott cooks up your fixin’s in the kitchen.”

Kitty’s is located right between the Queen Vic and Vendetta. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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Formerly Souk:

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