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Upcoming Streetcar Movements Further Testing Efforts on H Street / Benning Road

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Upcoming Streetcar Movements Further Testing Efforts on H Street / Benning Road

Motorists Advised to Seek Alternate Routes Tuesday and Wednesday

Washington, DC - As part of the DC Streetcar Project, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is advising the public of significant streetcar vehicle movements this week that may cause congestion along H Street and Benning Road, NE, and near the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street.  

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the DC Streetcar Operations and Maintenance Team will switch out the current streetcar vehicle parked on H Street, NE, for another one.  First, a second Inekon streetcar vehicle will be delivered to the H/Benning corridor to begin its system integration testing.  Then, the streetcar vehicle that has been undergoing testing on the H/Benning corridor since December 2013 will be transported back to DDOT's Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street, SE, to receive scheduled maintenance. 

On Wednesday, March 12, one of the District’s United Streetcar vehicles manufactured by U.S.-based Oregon Iron Works (OIW), will be transported from the Testing and Commissioning Site to the H/Benning corridor.  By the end of Wednesday, March 12, two streetcar vehicles will be undergoing System Integration Testing on the corridor.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible on Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 2014, as added congestion is expected on South Capitol Street, SE, Firth Sterling Avenue, SE, Howard Road, SE, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Good Hope Road, SE, Minnesota Avenue (SE and NE), as well as H Street, NE, Benning Road, NE and Oklahoma Avenue, NE. 

Metrobus will maintain their regular bus routes this week, but riders traveling eastbound and westbound on the H/Benning corridor or along any of the above-mentioned streets should expect delays.