Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter IV. DC Streetcar Service.


§ 50–921.71. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “DC Streetcar” means a local fixed guideway transit network offering rail passenger service operated by the District government or its agent.

(2) “DC Streetcar Fund” or “Fund” means the fund established by § 50-921.73.

(3) “Ticket” includes a pass, token, or any other form of payment, including payments sold in bulk for resale, which may be used in lieu of cash.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11m; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1831.03.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of D.C. Law 19-268, § 5, see § 6162 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Editor's Notes

Section 6052 of D.C. Law 21-160 repealed section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, and therefore this subchapter no longer expires.

D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, added Title V, consisting of §§ 11m to 11s, to D.C. Law 14-137.

Section 4 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided: “Comprehensive financing and governance plan. On or before December 31, 2013, the Mayor’s DC Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force shall develop a comprehensive financing and governance plan for DC Streetcar, and shall transmit this plan to the Council.”

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.72. DC Streetcar.

The Department shall have the power to:

(1) Plan, develop, operate, control, and regulate the DC Streetcar, including establishing fares, charges, tickets, fines, and routes and schedules;

(2) Sell space on and within DC Streetcar vehicles or other assets for the display of advertisements and enter into agreements with entities to sell space on vehicles or other assets in return for a fee, or as a gift or donation of services approved by the Mayor;

(3) Enter into contracts with third parties for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the DC Streetcar;

(4) Concurrent with any other agency’s authority to do so, enforce violations of this subchapter and regulations promulgated thereunder, with respect to fare payment; and

(5) Enter into agreements to allow the private sponsorship of vehicles, equipment, and facilities used in the DC Streetcar program, and the placement of a corporate logo, slogan, or other indicia of sponsorship on the vehicles, equipment, or facilities, and on related websites and social media; provided, that a proposed private sponsorship agreement entered into pursuant to this paragraph shall be submitted, before execution, to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. The agreement submitted to the Council shall include detailed information about the proposed private sponsorship agreement, including, if the agreement contemplates the placement of a corporate logo, slogan, or other indicia of sponsorship on the vehicles, equipment, or facilities, or websites or social media, a drawing depicting how the vehicles, equipment, or facilities, or websites or social media, will appear. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed private sponsorship agreement by resolution within the 45-day review period, the proposed private sponsorship agreement shall be deemed approved.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11n; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 6032(b), 61 DCR 9990; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 6022, 62 DCR 10905; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 6072(c), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-921.73.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 added (3) and made related changes.

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 added the subdivision designated herein as (4) and made related changes.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6072(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6072(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6042(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6032(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6022 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.73. DC Streetcar Fund establishment.

(a) There is established as a special fund the DC Streetcar Fund (“Fund”), which shall be administered by the Department in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(b) The Fund shall consist of revenue from the following sources:

(1) Revenue collected pursuant to §§ 50-921.72 and 50-921.74 by the District or its agents;

(2) Revenue collected from DC Streetcar financing districts to be established; and

(3) Monetary gifts and grants intended to be used to fund the DC Streetcar.

(c) The Fund shall be used to pay for goods, services, property, or for any other authorized purpose for the administration of the DC Streetcar.

(d) All funds deposited into the Fund, and any interest earned on those funds, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (c) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11o; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-921.71.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.74. Fares; structure; purpose.

(a) The Department shall set the rates and fares for the DC Streetcar.

(b) Nothing in subsection (a) of this section shall prevent the Department from offering tickets at no cost or at discounted prices as part of the Department’s marketing of the DC Streetcar.

(c) The Department shall provide quality service at reasonable fares.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11p; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-921.73.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.75. Labor negotiations with streetcar operators and technicians.

If federal funds are used to operate the Streetcar program, the Department shall ensure that employee protective arrangements for employees of the DC Streetcar program comply with 49 U.S.C. § 5333(b) .


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11q; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.76. Rulemaking; enforcement; and adjudication.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (a-1) of this section, the Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], may issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter, including the manner and amount of a fare, fee, or fine.

(a-1)(1) Before making a fare or service adjustment for the DC Streetcar, the Mayor shall hold at least one public hearing and publish notice of the fare or service adjustment in the District of Columbia Register. The notice shall:

(A) Establish a public comment period of not fewer than 45 days from the date of publication;

(B) Set a date for a public hearing on the fare or service adjustment, which shall be held not fewer than 20 days from the date of publication; and

(C) Include a hyperlink to a fare or service adjustment plan, which shall include:

(i) A summary of the proposed fare or service adjustment;

(ii) A proposed timeline for the implementation of the fare or service adjustment;

(iii) An equity analysis illustrating any disparate impact of the proposed fare or service adjustment on populations protected under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, approved July 2, 1964 (78 Stat. 252; 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.); and

(iv) An explanation of the necessity of the fare or service adjustment and a description of alternative fare or service adjustments examined.

(2) In the event of an emergency declaration, the Mayor may make a fare or service adjustment for the DC Streetcar for the duration of the emergency without complying with the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(3) For the purposes of this subsection, the term "fare or service adjustment" shall mean a change in the fare, the creation of a new route, or a significant change to an existing route or schedule of the DC Streetcar.

(b) Civil fines, penalties, and fees may be imposed as sanctions for an infraction of a rule promulgated under subsection (a) of this section pursuant to Chapter 18 of Title 2 [§ 2-1801.01 et seq.].


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11r; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709; June 22, 2016, D.C. Law 21-124, § 101(e), 63 DCR 7076.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.


§ 50–921.77. Coordination with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The Department shall coordinate DC Streetcar planning and operations with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to ensure efficient, cost-effective, and coordinated transit service throughout the District of Columbia.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11s; as added Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-268, § 3, 60 DCR 1709.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-268 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268 provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2015.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-268, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, §§ 6162 and 6163, provided that this subchapter shall expire as of September 30, 2016.