What a real D.C. streetcar looks like

(WASHINGTON POST)  December 24, 2015 — Courtesy of the 1880s.

A new year means many things. New resolutions, fresh beginnings, blank calendars, etc. But it also means another year has come and gone with promises of the H Street streetcar — open by year’s end! — unfulfilledagain.

To mark the occasion (but really, now it might actually happen in January!), we offer a map we came across this year in Mark Ovenden’s excellent bookrounding up many of the world’s best transit maps. The book contains this gem, courtesy of the Library of Congress: a map of the “street railways” in the city of Washington, totaling just over 30 miles of track, in 1880:

Source: What a real D.C. streetcar looks like – The Washington Post