Baltimore and Washington Transit Company

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The Baltimore and Washington Transit Company was incorporated in Maryland in the 1890s to build an interurban between Baltimore and Washington,[citation needed] and was authorized to enter Washington to a junction with the Brightwood Railway on June 8, 1896.[citation needed] The Brightwood's branch to Takoma ran from its main line on Georgia Avenue east on Butternut Street to Fourth Street Northwest, where the B&W began, running via Fourth Street, Aspen Street, and Laurel Street, and to the Glen Sligo Hotel and Wildwood Resort in Maryland via Carroll Avenue, Ethan Allen Avenue, and Elm Avenue.[citation needed] Transfers were given between the Brightwood and the B&W.[1]

An extension southwest along Third Street Northwest and Kennedy Street to the end of Capital Traction's Fourteenth Street Line at Colorado Avenue was authorized on May 29, 1908.[2] On March 4, 1914, the Maryland General Assembly changed the name to the Washington and Maryland Railway,[citation needed] and on May 2, 1918, it was leased by Capital Traction as the Washington and Maryland Line.[3]


  1. ^ American Street Railway Investments, published by the Street Railway Journal, 1904, p. 33
  2. ^ Annual Report of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, Year Ended June 30, 1909, Volume 1, p. vi
  3. ^ House Documents Volume 8, December 2, 1918-March 4, 1919, p. 21