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Streetcar testing to close H Street

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Despite the terrible traffic due to testing on H Street, D.C. residents are excited for the progress -- a streetcar has finally arrived in the city for the first time in 50 years.

Workers begin to move a streetcar onto the tracks on H Street Northeast. Photo: Sam Ford

The first streetcar was delivered Friday evening from the testing facility in Anacostia. Unloading the streetcar took about three hours, and H Street Northeast is closed from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 a.m. Saturday between North Capitol and Fifth streets Northeast.

The H Street/Benning line is expected to open in late 2013, officials say. The 2.4-mile long segment will run between Union Station and the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road Northeast.

Future streetcar lines are planned for the Anacostia area, M Street along the Southwest Waterfront, a north-south line between Takoma and Buzzard Point and from Union Station to Georgetown.

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