DDOT issued an RFQ for a 22-mile Integrated Premium Transit system on January 31, 2014. A pre-Statement of Qualifications meeting was held on February 18, 2014. More materials related to the RFQ can be found on DCstreetcar.com and www.ocp.dc.gov.
On Friday, December 13, the first vehicle was delivered from the Testing and Commissioning site to H Street/Benning Road. This delivery marks another milestone in the historic return of streetcars to the District. The delivery of the vehicle was witnessed by cheering residents, businesses and families who are excited to see its return.
DC Streetcar is in motion on H Street as it’s tested and certified for the opening of the system and regular operations. Testing during live traffic conditions is important to the certification process. This new safety video introduces the system to users and offers tips and reminders on staying safe. Look, Listen, Be Safe!
For the last several months, DDOT and the streetcar team have been busy at work along H Street and Benning Road on the last leg of streetcar construction. Right now the team is performing final design and construction for several areas of the project, including streetcar turnarounds, the Car Barn Training Center, pole and overhead wire installation, track installation for turnarounds, pocket tracks, and final roadway.
The DC Streetcar Team began installing Overhead Catenary System (OCS) poles on H Street in September. These poles will eventually hold wires and power the streetcars. OCS pole installation will be occurring throughout the H /Benning corridor the rest of this month, wrapping up by October. Stringing wire from the OCS poles will begin in October.
On September 12th, 2013, the DC Streetcar Team poured the first section of the track slab at the pocket tracks on Benning Road between 21st Street and 24th Street. To prepare for the pour, the team sets and welds rail and installs rebar, cross-bonds (for electrical continuity) and formwork. Once finished, the pocket track will allow streetcars to enter and exit the Car Barn Training Center. Work on the pocket track will continue into early October.
We received LOTS of great news coverage on Mayor Gray’s press conference from our Testing and Commissioning Site in Anacostia on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. We marked the arrival of our current streetcar fleet, coming out of storage in Greenbelt. Check out our TV clips below!
A live interview with DC Streetcar Spokesperson Dara Ward prior to the press conference.
Mayor Gray, Councilmember Cheh and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy are all featured in this next clip.