Erica Jones

DC Considers Plans to Replace Streetcar Fleet

DC Streetcar

The D.C. Streetcar launched two years ago, and yet the district is considering a plan to replace its vehicles. 

In responses prepared for a D.C. Council hearing Tuesday, the District Department of Transportation said there have already been problems with getting spare parts to complete repairs in a timely manner. 

WTOP-FM reports one manufacturer is out of business and another is overseas. 

DDOT officials wrote that the long-term parts availability will likely require reverse engineering parts. The agency said it's exploring a strategy of acquiring vehicles in the future that considers the feasibility of disposal of the current fleet. 

Federal Transit Administration guidelines set a streetcar's typical lifespan at more than 30 years. 

Long-term budget plans call for at least $25 million in new streetcars to be purchased over several years.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us