Expand DC Streetcars to Silver Spring!

On November 17, 2011, in Transit, by Evan Glass

As residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continue waiting for the Purple Line, people living in the District are also waiting for their streetcar system (though the District is much further along with their project). And as we continue planning for the future, recognizing that traffic knows no jurisdictional boundaries, Montgomery Councilmembers Nancy Floreen and Hans Riemer are urging County Executive Ike Leggett and DC Mayor Vincent Gray to consider extending DC’s Georgia Avenue streetcar all the way to the Silver Spring Metro station, rather than making the Takoma Metro station its final destination (as is currently planned).

The logic of the two at-large councilmembers is straightforward: the Silver Spring terminal connects more people to transit than the Takoma station. Redirecting the streetcars north on Georgia Avenue would also help revitalize the struggling corridor’s small businesses.

“While the terminus of each route is at a Metro Station, Silver Spring is also served by MARC Commuter Rail, as well as 46 bus routes and approximately 120 buses per hour in the peak hour—versus 15 bus routes and approximately 50 buses per hour at Takoma,” the duo wrote in a letter to Gray and Leggett.

Governments in the National Capital Region need to work together to solve our transportation problems. Aside from the Purple Line, such cooperation is even taking place across the Potomac, where Arlington and Fairfax counties are working together to bring streetcars to Columbia Pike.

We need the same collaboration and vision for Georgia Avenue.




4 Responses to Expand DC Streetcars to Silver Spring!

  1. DavidJ says:

    Yes please do.

  2. Dan Reed says:

    What a great idea, Evan. With DC talking about moving up the Georgia Ave streetcar to serve a redeveloped Walter Reed Hospital, we need to get the ball rolling on an extension to Silver Spring immediately.

  3. nick says:

    And what percentage of the cost will Montgomery County pay?

  4. […] Floreen and Hans Riemer are seeking DC to consider using a streetcar to Silver Spring. It’s entirely logical, if usually a several DOTs can work together. (South Silver […]

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