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File this one under “today in D.C. streetcar news”: A disabled tractor trailer temporarily obstructed service along the H Street–Benning Road NE corridor.
SERVICE ALERT: Streetcar blocked due to disabled tractor trailer. Service is suspended. Expect significant delays.— DC Streetcar (@DCStreetcar) August 12, 2016
Things turned out fine. Also fine, qualitatively speaking, is a new online guide showing viewers the retail opportunities near the streetcar’s approximately two-mile route. Released today, the tool allows you to click on a specific streetcar stop and—behold!—you can see what restaurants, coffee shops, and other commercial venues are within walking distance. Headed to 13th and H streets NE? The site reminds that the Atlas Performing Arts Center is there.
Here’s a partial list of existing services that already provide this information: a paper map, your eyeballs (utilized while on foot or while aboard some other form of transportation), Google Maps, Pokemon Go, the unfathomably vast majesty of the internet, Yelp, Google Maps, and Apple Maps (allegedly).
“This resource reflects the [District Department of Transportation’s] investment in the business community and the positive impact of the streetcar,” says H Street Main Street Executive Director Anwar Saleem in a statement. Left unmentioned was the total price tag for the track-based system—over $225 million.
taxpayer dollars money, the promotional streetcar tune currently blasting over local radio waves cost the District almost $6,000 to produce.
Google Maps: free.