D.C.'s new streetcar line takes major step
We're getting a first look at a major step in the construction of D.C.'s new streetcar line. Crews are putting electrical lines into place for the first phase of the project, on the H Street corridor.
But that major step is bringing some traffic problems with it.
With the track complete, Wednesday morning workers began the second phase of bringing street cars back, stringing the wire 19-feet high that will span H Street between poles.
"And that will hold the contact wire, which will power streetcars, so it's a big milestone." says Thomas Perry, DDOT Project Manager.
In Southwest, drivers are training on the streetcars, which could begin test runs on H Street as early as next month.
"We've been in business for a while on H St and the revitalization is great." says Dwayne Langley, a business owner.
"I think its going to bring a lot of good foot traffic. I'm excited about it," says Alie Ham, a business owner.
And for some long time residents it reminds them of an earlier D.C.
"I rode the streetcar some 50 years ago when I first came to D.C.," says Shirley Jackson.
So, D.C. will soon join cities like Seattle that' s had a streetcar back for years.