The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington, D.C., and Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this week that the new DC Streetcar will begin service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the culmination of over 10 years of planning.
The streetcar's hours of operation will be 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on holidays. There will not be any service on Sunday.
“I'm proud to announce that the streetcar is ready for passenger service,” Bowser said. “I want to thank the residents of the H Street and Benning Road communities for their patience during the construction and testing of the system. As a way of saying 'thank you,' fares will be free on the system for an initial period of time.”
Fare prices will be announced at the end of the free trial period.
There will be a short ceremony before the streetcar begins service Saturday at 10 a.m. on 13th Street, NE, on 13th Street, NE between H Street, NE and Wylie Street, NE (intersection of 13th/H).
“Mayor Bowser charged my team with taking a failed streetcar program and making it work for District residents,” DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo said. “After years of overspending, mismanagement and lack of direction, we made it happen.”