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DC streetcar operator training underway

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If you took H Street to work Monday morning, you may have noticed something new on the road -- streetcars. Training began today for the operators and it also gave officials a good idea of the problems that might come when the streetcars are put into service.

Millions of dollars have been spent, years of construction have taken place, and finally, the D.C. streetcars are moving. It’s only training for now.

The streetcars moved slowly along H Street as operators got a feel for the controls. Meanwhile, police and tow truck drivers kept an eye out for cars blocking the track. Residents say double parking is a huge issue on H Street.

“At night when the clubs are going, they will be double-parked everywhere,” said one D.C. resident. “There is a lot of traffic here at night.”

“They got to be able to let people off and the tracks are right there,” said another resident. “I don’t know. When they were talking about putting the tracks in the center, I thought that might have been a better deal then putting them right on the edges. I think it's going to congest things.”

We spotted a FedEx truck double-parked over the tracks. We also watched as a tow truck picked up an SUV and moved it a bit because it was sticking out over the white line and blocking the streetcar from passing. Officials say cars will be towed and given a $100 fine if they are blocking the rails.

Many welcome the new transportation option on this street which has seen a revitalization in recent years. But they wonder with so much bus and vehicle traffic already, how will the streetcars fit in? Will it make traffic better or worse?


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