The District of Columbia DOT placed one of their three new streetcars on display in downtown Washington, D.C. May 5-8, 2010. The streetcars will initially be used on a 1.5 mile line currently being constructed in the Anacostia section of the city, which is expected to open in Fall 2012. The new tracks are being laid on H Street and Benning Road, and will eventually connect to additional lines currently being planned. The new streetcars were manufactured by Skoda-Inekon in Plzen of the Czech Republic, and were shipped to the U.S. in 2009. The articulated streetcars are comprised of three connected segments, which, which will enable them to navigate in tight areas in downtown D.C. The cars are 66 feet long and eight feet wide, and can operate with overhead or underground wires. The average speed of the new operation will be 13-15 MPH, with stations every 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Washington D.C. had an extensive streetcar system which ran until 1962, when it was abandoned and replaced with buses. The return of streetcars will provide riders with a convenient, environmentally friendly mode of transportation. These photos were taken at the site of the former D.C. Convention Center on May 8th.
Photos and information provided by Alex Mayes.