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The D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) had hoped to build a 22-mile streetcar network connecting all parts of the District, but now the agency admits that will not happen in the next 10 years.
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The combined cost of the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar systems is now estimated at $585 million.
Route 7 between Alexandria and Tysons in Virginia is a heavily congested corridor with about 62,000 vehicles on a typical workday.
The Arlington County Board will take a vote on Tuesday to approve a new deal with Fairfax County that will move forward plans for a controversial 5-mile streetcar line along Columbia Pike.
All three streetcars that make up the initial fleet will be in place by Thursday for testing. Ultimately, these streetcars will roll on H Street and Benning Road in Northeast.
Arlington and Fairfax counties won't receive federal funding for a new streetcar line planned along Columbia Pike.
Will the District see streetcars by the end of this year? According to Mayor Vincent Gray, the answer is yes.
In a county that rotates its leadership posts and boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the state, discord is rare. But a growing disagreement among Arlington County Board members peppered its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday.
Arlington and Alexandria both want a streetcar line along Route 1 to link the Northern Virginia communities but the two are at odds over timing and tactics.
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