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Scott Kubly, Chief of Staff for District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein, reported on this plan to the Committee of 100 on the Federal City last Wednesday. It of course raised many of the same questions being raised here including 'How did we get here so quickly? Where's the public input been?' Mr. Kubly referred back to 15 years of studies and the like but acknowledged that the public comment period is only just beginning and that the plan could look very different in the end based on those comments. That said, he mentioned that while new to the District he could see in the old street fixtures (items such as street car turnings) those corridors which had built up around the original street cars. Looking at this plan, I can't help but wonder whether the placement of the old lines (and the development they sprouted so long ago) didn't play a very big part in the placement of the lines in this first iteration being presented for public comment. One thing I'm noticing is the return of a street car line to 14th Street NW. I think that's a very very good thing given that this line help develop what came to be called the Street Car neighborhoods existing in the 15th, 14th, and U street areas. AND given the fact that at the community meetings for input in the streetscape project for this street, street cars were brought up as a 'wish list' item by many in attendance.

by Lance on Oct 23, 2009 10:56 am • linkreport

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