Courtesy of DC Streetcar.
The H Street Corridor’s dormant streetcar tracks may actually be used soon.
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line should (notice optimistic italics) be up and running by the end of 2013. According to DCist, testing could begin on the line in the fall.
The car introduced today is one of three manufactured by the Czech firm Inekon, which delivered the streetcars in late 2009. The cars’ idling up at a Metro facility in Greenbelt continued as the opening of the streetcar line was pushed back from late 2012 to late 2013. H Street has been nearly ready for some time, with tracks laid in and elevated stations positioned on curbs. Last month, crews returned to the area to complete a turnaround area between Third Street NE and Union Station. Work resumed last month on the line’s continuation along Benning Road.
DC’s newest streetcar line will run in an east-west orientation along H Street and Benning Road, with one end on H Street near Union Station and the other on Benning Road, at Oklahoma Avenue (map).
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/h_street_streetcar_may_be_running_by_the_end_of_the_year/7006
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