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DC Streetcar Testing Begins With 1st Car’s Arrival

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The arrival of the first streetcar in D.C. in half a century is drawing attention this weekend as testing begins for the new streetcar line on H Street.

A 66-foot-long streetcar arrived Friday night and was placed on the steel track. Some people gathered to snap pictures. By Sunday, engineers were conducting tests and found some issues with the overhead lines that will power the streetcar. They were making repairs Sunday morning.

Further tests are planned for this week.

Proponents of the streetcar project say it will spur economic development while also reducing traffic, demand for parking and strain on other modes of mass transit.

The D.C. Department of Transportation plans to eventually build a 37-mile system spanning all eight Wards of the city. Active planning and construction is underway for the first 22 miles of the envisioned lines.

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