Review finds no 'fatal flaws' with DC streetcar project

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An independent review has found no problems with the District of Columbia's long-awaited streetcar line that are serious enough to doom the project.

The District Department of Transportation announced Friday that the American Public Transit Association found no "fatal flaws" in the streetcar project.

The District has spent nearly $200 million on the 2.4-mile streetcar line, which would be the first working trolley in the nation's capital in more than 50 years. The project has been beset by delays and cost overruns. The city's new transportation director, Leif Dormsjo, hasn't ruled out abandoning the project altogether.

Dormsjo says in a statement that the independent review provides a pathway toward a streetcar service that will serve passengers safely. It hasn't opened yet because safety certifications haven't been completed.

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