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First DC streetcar delivered for testing

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WASHINGTON -

D.C. is one step closer to putting its first streetcars back on the road.

The streetcar was loaded on a flatbed at the Anacostia testing facility and then transported to H Street in Northeast D.C. The delicate maneuver was threatened by a scraping incident at the 11th Street Bridge.

"It was just a scrape. Our engineers have said it is operable, so we go on as planned," said Reggie Sanders, Communications Director for the District's Department of Transportation.

The streetcar will be positioned on the ramp at 3rd and H Street, NE where engineers will gently put it onto the tracks. The street car will undergo vigorous testing first.

“It takes a while. 30 days after we complete them, we will open the train up for passenger service," Sanders said.

That will likely happen in late February.

Eventually, there will be six cars covering some 34 miles around D.C.


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