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D.C. DOT awards contract for streetcar project


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington, D.C., recently contracted HDR Engineering Inc. to provide program management services for the implementation of a 37-mile streetcar system.

Planned for the past 14 years, the streetcar system would travel through every ward within Washington, D.C. A network of new streetcar lines will operate in eight corridors, connecting many neighborhoods with Metrorail stations.

The system is designed to provide high-capacity, high-quality transit circulator service and spur economic development, HDR officials said in a prepared statement.

“It will provide a critical circulator benefit to District residents in neighborhoods not directly served by Metrorail, while providing economic development opportunities,” said David Vozzolo, HDR’s program director.

The three-year, $10 million pact includes two one-year extension options. HDR will begin working immediately with DDOT on developing and implementing strategies for continued planning and project development, operator selection, vehicle procurement, communications, financial planning and governance.

HDR will partner with Zimmer Gunsfel Frasca Architects L.L.P., Jeffrey A. Parker & Associates, LTK Engineering Services Inc., Ball Jank L.L.P., Andrea Ferster Law Offices and Collaborative Strategies to carry out the project.