Come one, come all! The “DC Streetcar Showcase” is coming to town!
There’s been much anticipation of the revival of D.C.’s streetcar system, which ran on 200 miles of track around the city for a hundred years starting in 1862. Now, 50 years after the last streetcar hit the streets, the District Department of Transportation will bring one of three new cars, currently being stored in Greenbelt, Md., downtown for a public viewing, starting this Wednesday, May 5.
The vehicles will be on display at 9th and H streets NW, just north of the Gallery Place Metro station on the Green and Yellow lines. The car will be set on temporary tracks of Lot B of CityCenter DC from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 5-7, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 8, which also happens to be National Train Day.
And for all of you streetcar propulsion fans, DDOT is also hosting a free seminar on the technology on May 6 at the Renaissance Hotel at 999 Ninth St. NW.
Tracks are currently being laid in Anacostia along H Street and Benning Road, becoming the first of two planned lines for a 37-mile, eight-line system, expected to start service by Fall 2012. (Read our previous coverage of this new development here.)