D.C. streetcar to open no later than mid-2013, says DDOT
Updated: August 22, 2011 - 04:54 pm
A headline typo originally stated that the streetcar would be complete by mid-2003. We wish that were true.
D.C.'s Department of Transportation has a habit of changing completion dates on us, especially when it comes to the streetcar construction H Street. First it was delayed until late 2012, then late 2013, and now DDOT is saying the line will, in fact, be ready by mid-2013. Are they playing games with us, or what?
From a press release today:
DDOT released a request for bids to design and build the remaining elements of the line, which encompasses western and eastern turnarounds, a “car barn” maintenance facility and the final improvements to the already-built 2.2-mile corridor on H Street/Benning Road. DDOT also plans to utilize the car barn as a training center for District students. DDOT anticipates design work to start in late fall, culminating with the first passengers boarding the line in mid 2013.
Excuse me for sounding skeptical, but does anyone really believe this new date? If you enjoy being messed with, read the entire press release here.
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