Thursday, May 6, 2010

DC's New Streetcars

They're impressive.  The car is similar to a large DC Circulator bus, only nicer.  You can tour one of the first to arrive at the CityCenterDC site (Old Convention Center parking lot) today and tomorrrow, but if you can't make it, here are some photos (click to enlarge).

From the Mayor's Press Release:
“In just two years – by this time in the spring of 2012 – streetcars will once again operate in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Fenty. “But this isn’t a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The streetcar will be one of the pillars of a modern, multi-modal transportation network that will move the District forward, not backwards. We will be a leader in providing great transit choices for our residents.”

The District is planning a 37 mile, 8 line streetcar system, and construction on two lines has already started in Anacostia and in Northeast DC. The Mayor’s budget for FY2011 includes $63 million to complete work on the H Street/Benning Road line and to purchase additional vehicles. DDOT has also applied for $25 million in federal funding, through an Urban Circulator Grant, to extend the H Street/Benning Road line across the Anacostia River to the Benning Road Metro Station.

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