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I'm a 4th generation Washingtonian and after studying the map for the eight proposed streetcar lines I see that three
of them "won't fly"!

First, the "Yellow" car line- It will not be possible to
built it south of Georgia Ave. but only either to connect
with Metrorail at Mt. Vernon Square or Shaw. The other significant reasons is that NO overhead wire is to cross
the Mall or Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Also, this duplicates
the Metrorail line on 7th St. and the "70" buses.

Another redundant line is the "Blue" car line on M St. SW/SE
from the waterfront and also duplicates Metrorail service
and the "V" buses and duplicating two other car lines across
the Anacostia River.

Finally, the third line which may not be feasible is the
"Brown" crosstown line which duplicates the "H" bus. I agree
this bus line has been a heavy line. but the areas along
Columbia Rd, Park Rd, Irving St. and Michigan Ave. is primarily built up older residential neighborhoods with
narrow one-way streets causing congestion and vociferous
NIMBY opposition! The answer is to put, if they aren't
already used, articulated buses on the "H" route.

Another major issue that has to be faced is the ordinance banning overhead wire in the original L'Enfant "Federal
City south of Florida Ave., Georgetown/Rock Creek on the
west and 16th St. NE and the Anacostia River to the east.

This is a major reason that all the Metrorail lines are all
in subway within the old "Federal City" area. The hue and
cry over the building of the elevated Southwest/Southeast
Freeway near the US Capitol building with other significant
reasons, put the K-bosh on further freeway construction in
this area of DC!

by Barri Smith on Oct 27, 2009 5:38 pm • linkreport

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