UPDATED: Jan. 16, 2014 3:30 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The acting director for the District Department of Transportation releases statement on the status of D.C. Streetcar, saying there is no official start date set.
Officials promised to have D.C. Streetcar open by 2015, but that date has come and gone.
In early January, the streetcar crashed into a car during its “test mode.”
A spokesman for DDOT told The Washington Post it was a “minor accident,” and said it will not impact the line’s opening, originally scheduled for the week of Jan. 19.
Below is a statement on the status of the D.C. Streetcar from DDOT’s Acting Director Leif Dormsjo:
“Passenger safety is the number one priority for public transportation in the District of Columbia. Further, given the need to achieve safety certification, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will not set arbitrary deadlines for the independent State Safety Office (SSO) to complete their regulatory compliance review. The Bowser Administration will work to launch the H Street line of DC Streetcar as part of our effort to expand the District’s transportation infrastructure and will put this long-delayed line on track. DDOT will continue to work with the independent SSO to ensure that Streetcar meets – and exceeds – all safety specifications before setting an official date to begin passenger service.”
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