D.C. streetcar preview starts Wed.
District streetcars arrive at the Port of Baltimore from the Czech Republic on Dec. 15, 2009. (Courtesy District Department of Transportation).
The District's much-talked about streetcars will be available for people to tour Wednesday through Saturday this week.
The District Department of Transportation brought one of the cars to the site of the old convention center at 9th and H streets NW. The car is on temporary tracks in Lot B of CityCenter DC for four days. The District purchased three streetcars more than three years ago for a future streetcar network and is storing them at Metro's Greenbelt rail yard. The cars were kept for several years in the Czech Republic, where they were made. They cost $10 million total.
DDOT is billing the event as a "Streetcar Showcase" to whet riders' appetites while construction is underway in Anacostia and along H Street and Benning roads, the first two lines of a planned 37-mile, eight-line system. Funding has not yet been secured for much of the network, but it has stirred debate in the District over whether the trolleys will run on overhead wires or be powered by wireless technology.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and DDOT Director Gabe Klein will kick off the event Wednesday morning at 10:45 a.m. The streetcar will be open for touring Wednesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- Staff reports
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