Another blown streetcar deadline


Testing has been underway for months, but revenue service is still weeks in the making. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

On Monday more than 500 people lined up for 34 jobs on the new H Street/Benning Road streetcar line. That’s a good sign of progress for the long-stalled streetcar project. Unfortunately, NewsChannel 8′s Mike Conneen points out, service to the public is at least 30 days away, probably longer. That would seem to break yet another self-imposed deadline from Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who said the following in November: “We’ll have passenger service probably starting in January, not later than early February when we get an additional car.”

In other news:

Marion Barry leaves hospital after 16 days (DofD)

The DCPS boundary and feeder review continues apace; first draft expected in March (PostWRC-TV)

At least two voucher-taking D.C. schools teach creationism (SlateDCist)

Foundation studay says D.C.’s achievement gap by income is larger than any state’s (Post)

In a world of infographics and listicles, the District is being dissed (WaTimes)

Park Service says it will start installing parking meters at National Mall spaces and lots (WRC-TV)

Newfangled traffic cameras go live Saturday (Post)

Daughter of heart-attack victim says nearby firefighter watched as father was stricken (WTTG-TV)

D.C.’s economic disparities “have grown even more stark with the surge of young, highly educated workers, an unequal economic recovery, and the growing barriers facing the lifelong residents of a majority-black city” (MSNBC)

What the D.C. United fan should know about the soccer-stadium poll (Soccer Insider)

Gray administration response: Proposed $150 million land deal isn’t really “using city funds to help finance a new soccer stadium” (Housing Complex)

Ed Lazere: “For us, it’s encouraging to know that residents want to make sure that the city is getting a good deal when we work to bring a new soccer stadium to the city” (Washingtonian)

Pepco Holdings CEO Joseph Rigby is retiring (Capital BusinessWBJ)

DCPS teacher of the year is “grateful and thankful” for SOTU invite (Post)

Exactly what Doug Jemal plans for the Hecht’s warehouse (WBJ)

Deborah Simmons remembers Virginia Williams (WaTimes)

Muriel Bowser christens Anacostia field office (Loose Lips)

No, Christian Carter isn’t running for mayor again (Loose Lips)

St. Elizabeths chapel eyed for “interim innovation hub” (WBJ)

CSX swears it won’t be shipping (much) crude oil through Virginia Avenue Tunnel (Post)

EPA explains why it didn’t show up at Saturday tunnel meeting (@dcistsarahThinkProgress)

Will D.C.’s Portland-style streetcar create Portland-style development? (Capital Business)

It’s tough to be a Georgetown antique shop these days (Capital Business)

Is casual dining dying on M Street? (G’town Metropolitan)

Trial lawyer and former Adrian Fenty employer is now in the grilled cheese business (GOG)

Bike plans aren’t getting plowed so well (DaveBikes)

Adams Morgan nightclub remains closed after New Year’s stabbing (PoPville)

“Why is D.C. so” … black, liberal and expensive (ComPost)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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