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Watch DDOT's beautifully animated streetcar video

In anticipation of the upcoming H Street streetcar, DDOT created this safety video that illustrates how drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should act once the streetcar begins running.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Dan Malouff is a professional transportation planner for the Arlington County Department of Transportation. He has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Colorado, and lives a car-free lifestyle in Northwest Washington. His posts are his own opinions and do not represent the views of his employer in any way. He runs the blog BeyondDC and also contributes to the Washington Post Local Opinions blog. 


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Have we figured out fare payment? Is it going to be validate on board, pay at the front or a full off vehicle payment? Can we board at any door, and are there going to be ticket or fare inspectors?

by Michael Perkins on Dec 20, 2013 1:11 pm • linkreport

Along with the fare questions what's the verdict on signal priority?

by Mike on Dec 20, 2013 1:19 pm • linkreport

Not nearly enough cars blocking the way in that video. It was awful nice of that one we saw to get out of the way.

by Low Headways (frmrly MetroDerp) on Dec 20, 2013 1:25 pm • linkreport

TL;dr. Why make a video of this length? Cannot use in paid media or in normal ad length.

by Tom M on Dec 20, 2013 2:32 pm • linkreport

Buildings in that closing shot looked awfully high!

by A. P. on Dec 20, 2013 2:36 pm • linkreport

i wish they would make one about how to ride the streetcar-how to avoid paying fares, the thug taking up 3 seats so his adidas don't get dirrty, peeps eatin their fresh from union station mikcey d's.....

by jake on Dec 20, 2013 2:40 pm • linkreport

Buildings in that closing shot looked awfully high!

It's what they have to do to make it look like the streetcar is in a city and not some podunk town.

by MLD on Dec 20, 2013 2:43 pm • linkreport

Worded just like a pharmaceutical add except they forgot the noise statement: “electric motor drone and rail connection thumping may cause neighborhood irritability – report agitation to your doctor right away."

by AndrewJ on Dec 21, 2013 5:20 am • linkreport

"It's what they have to do to make it look like the streetcar is in a city and not some podunk town."

I hate when people think that height makes a city. I guess DC, Paris, Rome, and Charleston aren't real cities by your standards then. The entire reason I moved to DC was because it had the big city feel, but I could still see the sky, something I couldn't find in any other US city.

by TyGr on Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am • linkreport

I am reminded once again why I don't often look at the comments which are all to frequently made from the bitch and moan crowd that seldom seem to be able to see the positive aspect of postings. Oh, and they need to get a life - it just might improve their perspective.

by Greg on Dec 21, 2013 10:22 am • linkreport

This might be a stupid question, but since I get unreasonably nervous any time I am sharing the road with a streetcar/lightrail, AND I drive down H St. a fair amount, I'll ask. Does the streetcar sit in traffic like the rest of us? Are we supposed to get out of the way if it's coming and we're in the track lane? I was kind of hoping that the video would address this, but it doesn't. I know I'll get used to it, but I absolutely hate driving in the parts of Baltimore that have lightrail tracks.

by KS on Dec 22, 2013 1:02 pm • linkreport

Does anybody know how they put this animation together? Is there a standard software package used to create these animations? Thanks!

by RK on Jan 2, 2014 11:00 am • linkreport

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