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Posted at 3:21 PM ET, 04/27/2010

DDOT to preview new streetcars

By Washington Post editors

The public will be able to take a tour of one of the District's much-talked about streetcars next week.

The District Department of Transportation will bring one of the cars to the site of the old convention center at 9th and H Street Northwest beginning Wednesday May 5. The car will be set on temporary tracks in Lot B of CityCenter DC for four days.

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 interest and debate in the District over whether the trolleys will run on overhead wires or be powered by wireless technology.

The streetcar will be open for touring May 5-7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and May 8, from 11 am. to 5 p.m.

-- Lisa Rein

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By Washington Post editors  | April 27, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  | Tags:  Construction, Neighborhoods, Recreation, Roads and Highways, United States, Washington DC, Wireless  
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