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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/05/2012

D.C. to buy two streetcars for $8.7 million

D.C. officials have struck a deal to purchase two American-made streetcars for the city’s new trolley line.

The district previously purchased for $10 million three streetcars made in the Czech Republic. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Thursday that the District will buy two more streetcars for $8.7 million from Oregon Iron Works.

“This contract, which we have sent to the Council for consideration, reaffirms our commitment to begin streetcar service in the District next year,” Gray said in a statement. “Investing in streetcars makes sense both economically and environmentally, and we must continue to move forward with the program.”

Metro is storing the streetcars for the city at its Greenbelt yard. Thursday, city officials released video and photos showing the current cars being tested.

The first streetcar line is scheduled to open next year and will serve the H Street NE corridor. Transportation officials eventually hope to build a 37-mile streetcar network with eight lines connecting areas of the city that are isolated from public transit.

The district’s previous trolley system was shut down in 1962.


Streetcars to return soon to the District

H Street NE a work in progress

By the Associated Press and staff reports  |  05:17 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Tags:  District Department of Transportation, public transit, mass transit, public transportation

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