D.C. Mayor hopes streetcar will attract visitors to H St.

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Workers were testing the H Street street car on Thursday for the first time with the D.C. Mayor aboard – who remembers a time before the destruction of the 1968 riots.

His hope is that now with all the new bars and restaurants opening on H Street, this streetcar line will encourage people to visit here.

"It really adds another dimension to our city," he says.

But for Gray, who is up for re-election this year, projects like this in Ward 6, which Gray lost last primary election, have garnered some resentment in places like Ward 8 where he won big – with residents asking about the lack of progress in their neighborhood.

"That perception has existed for a very long time," said . I think the way you address that is by getting things done and that's what we're doing we're getting things done."

However, last weekend, more Democratic leaders in a Ward 8 straw poll voted for Councilwoman Muriel Bowser. But Gray sayes he’s not worried:

"There were a couple of straw polls back in 2010 in the last election, and we didn't win the first one."

With a federal probe of his 2010 election continuing, Gray expresses confidence that he can win. Also that projects like this are just the beginning:

"What we're trying to do is encourage people as a part of our sustainability plan to find other ways of moving around. Eventually, this will be a 37-mile system that will get people to every ward in the District of Columbia "