VTS: The Washington DC Trolley Story


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018

You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.

Cost:  Free!

Please register by 5 pm Monday, April 12

Webinar login details will be provided by 10 am Tuesday, April 13.
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Speaker:  Larry Velte, National Capital Trolley Museum

Topic:      The Washington DC Trolley Story

Note: You only need to provide the required information (noted with a red *) on the registration weblink, BUT please help us out and let us know if you are an IEEE or VTS member.  Everyone is always welcome at our meetings and membership is NOT required, but when we send meeting reports to IEEE, we need to list the number of IEEE/VTS members who participate.  

  Date and Time




  • Date: 13 Apr 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

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  • Starts 29 March 2021 02:27 PM
  • Ends 12 April 2021 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Larry Velte Larry Velte of National Capital Trolley Museum


The Washington DC Trolley Story

Our speaker will describe the evolution of the street railway system in the Washington metropolitan area, which included horsecars, cable cars, and electric trolleys. Larry will touch on the social and economic impact of the streetcar on public life, and the physical and political conditions in Washington which influenced transit service and the course of the industry and finish up with a brief overview of the National Capital Trolley Museum.


Larry Velte became fascinated with trolleys as a very small child in the late 1940s, watching them roll along Beacon Street in Brookline, Mass.  His career as an Army officer and DOD civilian was unrelated to the transportation industry, but he's satisfied his trolley interest by actively volunteering at the National Capital Trolley Museum since 1990.

Address:Washington, District of Columbia, United States


  • 12:00 am - Social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman, Matt Nawn

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact  Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy dot com> or Matt Nawn <matthew.nawn at dot.gov>

Future Meetings:

  • May 11
  • TBD
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14