Streetcar testing to close H Street

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

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.

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.