Streetcars Have Lost . . . Washington, D.C.?
Back in May 2014, at the groundbreaking of the 2.2-mile streetcar line, city leadership held up the streetcar projects in the Washington, D.C., area as examples for Kansas City. However, Arlington County, Virginia, has cancelled their streetcar line, and Washington, D.C., may follow suit.
Roll Call newspaper in Washington, D.C., wrote as much in their piece, “Survival of New D.C. Streetcar Now in Doubt.” Here’s the best part:
“I’m trying to prudently and responsibly prepare the service to be started. But if I can’t get to that point, I’m not going to be enchanted by some philosophy of transit that leads me to do something that doesn’t make sense,” [District of Columbia Department of Transportation Director Leif A.] Dormsjo told the Post.
“This project over 10 years was developed in an unprofessional, haphazard, contradictory and inconsistent manner,” he said.
If the transportation folks in and around Washington, D.C., are complaining about and even cancelling streetcars, why are leaders in Kansas City still onboard?