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DC Streetcar Opens

After more than a decade of planning, construction and testing, the 2.4-mile H/Benning DC Streetcar line opened for passenger service on Feb. 27—the first streetcars operating in Washington, DC, since 1962.

Mayor Muriel Bowser, District DOT Director Leif Dormsjo and other officials hosted ceremonies before the line began operating.

“We are excited to get DC Streetcar up and running. The streetcar expands public transportation options for residents and visitors and connects neighborhoods,” Bowser said. “We thank the businesses and residents along the H Street/Benning corridor for their patience and support leading up this historic day.”

The inaugural streetcar line—operating free during the introductory period—serves eight stops on H Street Northeast, a growing business and residential area, between Washington Union Station and the intersection of Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue, near RFK Stadium. It is the first part of an eight-mile line that, when complete, will span the District from east to west.

DC Streetcars pass each other on opening day of the H/Benning Line.

 
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