WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

H Street Drivers Still Getting Accustomed To Streetcar

A streetcar operator searches for the driver of a white van that is blocking the lane on H Street Northeast.
Martin Di Caro/WAMU
A streetcar operator searches for the driver of a white van that is blocking the lane on H Street Northeast.

Here is some advice for motorists on H Street Northeast in Washington: beware the streetcar.

Day in, day out, streetcars are whirring up and down H Street, until this happens:

Part of the testing process involves ironing out kinks like this one — the streetcar blares its horn to alert the driver of a parallel parked van that it's blocking the tracks. The van’s outside tires were parked outside the all-important white line running along H Street.

"You could have been towed."

"I know," said the driver.

"So you did know about the line, but you parked over it accidentally?"

"Well I wasn't planning on staying away from my car. I literally pulled up to get something and now I am leaving," she said.

She quickly drove off, and the streetcar started up again.

This scenario is what the District wants to avoid once the streetcar opens later this year, and officials hope $100 tickets do the trick. The Department of Public Works has written 143 tickets and towed eight cars to clear the way for streetcars. They operate on a fixed track, so even a bumper jutting into its path is enough to stop it cold.

In the best-case scenario, the streetcar will open in November, giving parkers several more weeks to learn to park correctly.

NPR

A 'Wiener-Dog' Sows The Seeds Of Tragedy In New Film

Todd Solondz's new film consists of four episodes linked by a female dachshund, who has four different owners and four different names. Critic David Edelstein calls Wiener-Dog tragic and inspiring.
NPR

Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat

Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.
NPR

Elizabeth Warren Campaigns With Hillary Clinton, Goes After Donald Trump

In their first appearance together of the 2016 campaign, the progressive hero and Massachusetts senator enthusiastically endorsed the presumptive nominee.
NPR

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.