DC Streetcar to begin passenger service

After more than a decade of planning, construction and testing, the DC Streetcar will open next weekend.

The Streetcar will open for full passenger service on February 27 at 10 a.m. After opening day, the standard hours of operation will be:

-- Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
-- Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
-- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
-- Holidays: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
-- No Sunday service

"I'm proud to announce that Streetcar is ready for passenger service," said Mayor Muriel Bowser in a press release. "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."

The H Street/ Benning Road Line is the first segment of the DC Streetcar system. The Mayor intends to expand the current line east and west.

More information about the full DC Streetcar system can be found online.