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.