Streetcar May Carry Passengers in 2015, Yet

Streetcar testing on H Street, NE. Image courtesy of DDOT.

Streetcar testing on H Street, NE. Image courtesy of DDOT.

Inclined to cagey responses about exact timelines for the much-delayed D.C. Streetcar, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she expects to ride on the 2.2 mile H Street Streetcar line during her first year in office.

Bowser made the rare, if still vague, commitment during an appearance on the Politics Hour on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show Friday.

“I will ride it in the first year,” said Bowser. Bowser took office Jan. 2.

The streetcar has seen setback after setback, spanning several mayoral administrations.

Recent months have seen crews making repairs to broken rails, changing platform heights to keep the doors from scraping when opening and other issues raised in a March finding from the American Public Transportation Association.

In April the city began construction on the Carbarn that will house the streetcars and serve as training center and locker space for streetcar crews.

Streetcar barn as seen in early September 2015.

Streetcar barn as seen in early September 2015.

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