The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

D.C.'s $treetcar

Mar 2, 2015

Washington, D.C. plans to start running a streetcar that is dangerous and inconvenient. The one-car electric train will ride on two miles of rail tracks in the narrow traffic lanes of H Street NE and Benning Road NE. During testing, a number of cars have hit the streetcar. Buses are slowed down because they may only pass a streetcar that is stopped, yet buses carry ten times as many people as the streetcars will.

But the city has spent well over one hundred million dollars to install the track and buy a few trolley cars. Contractors like RATP and HDR are already in the D.C. budget to get tens of millions of dollars per year to run the program.

City officials stand for filling contractors' pockets so the rich get richer. Safe, efficient, and cheap mass transportation? Not on their watch!