Ralph took this picture of Benning Road, where streetcar rails are ready to go into the ground. The streetscape reconstruction will install rails, but no streetcar service will run there until DC resolves the question of what power source to use and designs areas for the streetcars to turn around as well as identifying and constructing a maintenance facility. Currently, federal law prohibits overhead wires, and alternative systems are expensive, unreliable, and/or untested.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.