DC Considers Expanding Streetcar to Georgetown in 6 Years | NBC4 Washington

DC Considers Expanding Streetcar to Georgetown in 6 Years

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    D.C.'s streetcars have only been in service since February, yet there are already discussions to expand the service to Georgetown. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss takes a look at the pros and cons of such a project. (Published Monday, Nov. 14, 2016)

    D.C.'s streetcars have only been in service since February but there's already talk about expanding the system to Georgetown.

    If everything goes according to plan, the streetcar could be extended from H Street and Union Station in Northeast to Georgetown via K Street in just six years, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

    "There's demand for transportation to go through the city, and that's not going to stop," said Jamie Henson, DDOT's project manager for the potential streetcar expansion.

    Crosstown buses only go about 5 mph in rush hour, Henson said. He thinks the streetcar could at least get up to 10 mph.

    The expansion would cost an estimated $350 million to $400 million.

    DDOT estimates 15,000 people per day could use the expansion.

    Doubters wonder about the city's ability to manage an extension after a long and rocky road to get the initial segment up and running.

    DDOT will hold a meeting Thursday to talk more about the plans for possible expansion.