D.C. Streetcar Test Runs Coming Soon

Full rail service by end of year, if installations remain on schedule

Streetcars will soon start rolling down a busy corridor in northeast Washington. The project is now in its final stages of construction, and test runs could begin in the fall.

The streetcar line will run two miles along H Street and Benning Road. By June, crews will install "turnaround" tracks north of Union Station, the District Department of Transportation said. After that, new traffic signals will go up along the roadway to control the flow of traffic and rail cars.  Also,  electrical wires will be installed to power the cars.

The road construction was completed in 2011.

Right now, the city has three cars in storage. More are on order.

If the installations remain on schedule, test runs could begin this fall. Full rail service could begin later this year.

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