LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Streetcar safety tests are catching people’s eyes on H Street this week.

The 2.4-mile line goes from Union Station to the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road. Once the system’s safety certifications are met, passengers will be cleared to ride.

A future phase of the system will pick up at Union Station and travel to the Georgetown Waterfront, primarily along K Street.

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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