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Streetcar Planning

The District of Columbia is committed to bringing a streetcar system to the city to improve transit services available to residents and create walkable, vibrant communities. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is leading the system planning, design, financing and operations and construction of the streetcar. Please visit for more information on the system planning.

Goals of the DC Streetcar system:

  • Link neighborhoods with a modern, convenient and attractive transportation alternative.
  • Provide quality service to attract and reach new transit ridership.
  • Offer a broader range of transit options for District residents.
  • Reduce short inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air pollution.
  • Encourage economic development and affordable housing options along streetcar corridors.

The DC Office of Planning is engaged in streetcar planning in a variety of ways, including advising DDOT on the integration of the streetcar system plan (and individual corridors) with the Comprehensive Plan and other land-use planning activities. OP also has commissioned studies on the potential economic development impacts and other benefits of the streetcar, as well as examining the capital facilities requirements of the system.

For more information, contact Dan Emerine, transportation planner, at (202) 442-8812 or [email protected].