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Guide to the DC Streetcar

Washington, DC Streetcar along H Street NE

A closer look at the railcar that runs along H Street NE, from where to board to how to ride.

After a more than a 50-year hiatus, the DC Streetcar, one of the city’s first modes of public transportation made its triumphant return in 2016, transporting riders through the revitalized H Street NE corridor.

What is it?

The DC Streetcar makes traveling within the District much easier for residents and visitors, connecting commuters to the bustling H Street NE neighborhood up to Benning Road with a modern twist. The innovative streetcar design is a far cry from the days when the District’s streetcars were drawn by horse. Operating on fixed rails with low floors for quick and easy boarding and wheelchair accessibility, each streetcar can accommodate about 150 people, seated and standing. The average streetcar travels between 25 and 35 miles per hour.

Where does it pick up and drop off?

The H Street/Benning Road Line is currently the only route and runs east starting from Union Station toward Oklahoma Avenue and west starting at the Benning Road/Oklahoma Avenue stop. The streetcars run every 10-15 minutes.

The Streetcar Tracker provides real-time vehicle arrivals for eastbound and westbound travel.

Washington, DC Streetcar along H Street NE

When can I ride it?

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

How much does it cost to ride? 

DC Streetcar is currently free to ride until the District Department of Transportation announces a change in fare policy.

How can I ride it?

Riders may board DC Streetcar at any of the eight stops on the H Street/Benning Road Line. When waiting for a streetcar, please stand clear of the platform edge. Once the doors open, let others disembark before boarding, and board carefully, noting areas reserved for disabled or elderly riders. All stops and streetcars are ADA accessible. On the streetcar, press the “stop request” button to exit.

Check out the ‘How to Ride’ brochure for more riding tips.

What’s next?

Future lines may serve the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Anacostia, Woodley Park/Adams Morgan, Congress Heights, Buzzard Point and Rhode Island/Eastern Avenue.

The DC Streetcar system adds to the neighborhood’s transportation options and it allows you to experience the lively H Street NE corridor, a locally beloved neighborhood with arcade bars, live music venues, bustling cafes and top restaurants!

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