Tuesday, December 15, 2015
DC Streetcar Prepares for Safety Certification
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, [email protected]
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, [email protected]
(Washington, DC)—The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the start of Pre-Revenue Operations (PRO) for DC Streetcar as DDOT prepares the system for safety certification to carry passengers. PRO, which simulates service along the corridor without passengers, is anticipated to begin Wednesday, December 16 along H Street NE and Benning Road NE.
Residents accustomed to the intermittent operation of streetcars during the run up to PRO will see a noticeable increase in activity along the corridor for the next three weeks. The full complement of streetcars will operate simulating normal service from early morning to late night. DDOT will also increase the distribution of safety information to pedestrians, motorists, and businesses along H Street NE and Benning Road NE to ensure the public is adequately informed about this increase in operations. The PRO will run for at least three weeks and will be extended as needed. This is the second time that streetcar has initiated PRO.
During PRO, all streetcar vehicles will run during the times listed below with projected headways of 15 minutes.
The hours are:
• Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – midnight
• Friday: 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
• Saturday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
• Holidays: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (No service on December 25, 2015)
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should expect to see streetcars in operation with greater frequency during this phase and are reminded of the following safety tips:
• Remember to “Look, Listen, Be Safe!” near streetcar vehicles at all times
• DC Streetcars share the roadways, but cannot veer around vehicles
• Pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists should use caution as they travel through the corridor
• Never walk in front of a moving streetcar
• Traffic and pedestrian signals exist for your safety—follow them to ensure your safety
For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com.
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