Details Emerge for D.C. Streetcars
(Washington Post) — After more than 14 years of planning, false starts and questions over the feasibility of embarking on a $1.5 billion plan to bring back streetcars to the District, the first trolleys will run in the spring of 2012, officials said last week. The question now is how to pay for the system. The District Department of Transportation released detailed plans for how the streetcar system’s first two lines will be operated – and how the projects could be paid for. The H Street NE and Anacostia tracks are the first steps in what could become a 37-mile citywide network, one of the largest transportation projects ever undertaken in the District and one envisioned to aid cross-town commuters and provide jobs and development to once-blighted wards.