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My future fantasy streetcar map would include a line on NY-Ave itself, all the way from the Convention Center out eastward to at least Bladensburg Road, and then to Fort Lincoln. This would be coupled with the construction of several additional budget-scale hotels and motels and the possible expansion of the 8 existing hotels on NY-Ave NE. Additionally, build several mid-scale national chain restaurants marketed primarily at the hotels. The idea would be to get budget-minded tourists to actually stay in DC, and provide them with a high-quality transit link to the major tourist destinations. As it stands, lots of family and school-group tourists head to the suburbs for the night, leaving DC with meager sales tax returns on the trinkets they buy in otherwise free museums. Some tourists do stay in these hotels, probably without realizing their transportation choices amount to expensive taxis, expensive downtown parking, a handful of infrequent buses with very indirect paths to tourist destinations, or a treacherous walk to the NY-Ave Metro.

by thm on Nov 15, 2012 1:36 pm • linkreport

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