WAMU 88.5 : News

Gray Confident In D.C. Streetcar Plans

Play associated audio
Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open on time next year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/5611549053/
Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open on time next year.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open as scheduled next year.

In December, a contract for two streetcars was canceled, raising doubts about the city's plans to open the system on time next year. Now Gray says the District will pay the company Oregon Iron Works to manufacture two streetcars, to be added to the three the city already owns.

He says he confident the system will succeed as it has in other cities.

"Portland, for example, has had an extraordinary streetcar program," says Gray. "They've been involved in this, and they've got experience with it. And we're convinced they are going to produce the cars in time for us to be able to start."

The mayor says Portland officials say their streetcar system created $8.5 billion dollars of economic development in once-blighted area.

NPR

When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.
WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

NPR

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.