Wednesday, May 5, 2010
D.C. Streetcar Showcase (May 5, 2010)
The District's DOT brought one of their Czech-built streetcars, which have been in storage the past few months in the Greenbelt, Maryland Metro lot, into downtown Washington for public inspection at an event they're calling the "DC Streetcar Showcase." They've put the streetcar plus two "DC Circulator" buses and even a bicycle on display (the city now operates a bike rental service) in the "City Center" parking lot at 9th and H Streets NW. The Showcase runs through Saturday, May 8.
Your scribe was there when the Showcase opened this morning (May 5) along with a squad of TV reporters including NBC4 (WRC-TV), the Spanish-language network Univision (a Latino viewer's treat for Cinco de Mayo), cable Newschannel 8, and various others with not-so-sophisticated-looking video cameras. I also chatted with the fellow who runs the "Greater Greater Washington" blog site, which has also been covering the progress of the streetcar lines' construction.
Without saying more, I'll let the photos and A/V materials tell the story: