Despite public assumption that the H Street streetcar line won’t be operational until the year 3000, DDOT assuaged our collection fear late today at a press briefing. Officials assured reporters that the car barn due to be constructed on the grounds of Springarn High School on Benning Road could be completed without any additional delays, and the additional streetcars being built in Oregon (American craftsmanship!) would be delivered by October 2013 as well.
The overhead lines still need to be constructed as well as a turnaround at the top of the Hopscotch Bridge, so there are still a few lower case J’s to dot. Not to mention a series of intensive test runs.
As for the DDOT’s more ambitious plan to lay tracks all over town, we here at DC Style is Real will believe it when we see it. As of now, the 2.5 mile H Street streetcar is 8 years in the making, so don’t hold your breath for a streetcar extension to Georgetown before 2040.
Either way, it’s good to hear updates on this much-awaiting public transit project, and in another year we’ll start to hear some clang clangs from the trolley.
Written by Joel Church.