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DC begins training streetcar operators in traffic

Monday - 8/4/2014, 5:09am  ET

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The D.C. Department of Transportation will begin training streetcar operators in traffic for the first time this week along H Street and Benning Road in northeast Washington. (WTOP/Ari Ashe)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Department of Transportation will begin training streetcar operators in traffic for the first time this week along H Street and Benning Road in northeast Washington.

Transportation officials say each operator will train with supervisors under various traffic scenarios. The training process begins Monday. Officials say this is part of the process in order to be certified to carry passengers.

Passenger service is expected to start later this year.

Officials say drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution along the H Street corridor as the streetcars will now begin operating. They say pedestrians should never step in front of a moving streetcar. The District is also ticketing cars that park in the streetcar's path.

The D.C. Streetcar will be operated by a team of 37 employees, including 28 operators.


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