How hard can it be to ride a streetcar? Apparently DC thinks its residents need help understanding how its newest transportation mode works.

In advance of the city’s streetcar opening later this month, the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation has produced a video to teach people how to ride it. The first thing you probably want to know about this video is why the stars are wearing such weird, outdated clothing. That’s because the streetcar project began long, long ago—so long ago, in fact, that all the development the streetcar promised to bring has already been finished. It was so long ago, in fact, that people dressed and acted differently back then. Which also explains a lot about this tutorial.


When the streetcar finally opens on February 27, DC residents will be able to travel from Union Station along H Street on the two-mile line—yep, a distance they could also easily walk in about 40 minutes. And walking is what they’ll be forced to do on Sundays, when the streetcar does not run.

[District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation via CityLab]

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