The District of Columbia’s streetcar line is moving closer to the start of operations.
The Arlington County Board has awarded a $26 million engineering and design contract for a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties.
Transportation officials in Washington say a portion of H Street will be closed for several hours while emergency responders take part in a drill involving the yet-to-start streetcar system.
The D.C. Department of Transportation will begin training streetcar operators in traffic for the first time this week along H Street and Benning Road in northeast Washington.
The Northeast D.C. Streetcars are still a few months from service, but vistors along the Benning and H street tracks were given a free human-powered ride.
A plan to run a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties has received a boost after state officials announced they will increase funding for the project by up to $65 million.
For the first time since 1999, a non-Democrat will serve on the Arlington County Board.
As District commuters await the first revenue operation of the H Street streetcar line, city planners have their eye on an even bigger project.
The Columbia Pike streetcar is one of the defining issues in the special election to replace Arlington County Boardmember Chris Zimmerman.
They say things always come back into style. Usually they’re talking about clothes, but in D.C., streetcars are what’s making a comeback in 2014.