- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

(AP) - City safety officials say Washington could launch passenger service on the rail cars by the end of the month.

The D.C. fire department said in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration that the streetcar system’s grand opening could be “on or about Feb. 26” if “all final requisite activities are successfully completed by” transportation and safety officials.”

Those activities include final safety walk-throughs and documentation.

The letter follows the conclusion of pre-revenue operations, or making repeated dry runs in search of potential safety lapses. In December, Department of Transportation officials launched a three-week pre-revenue period. However, federal officials told the District that was insufficient, so it was extended.

The last D.C. streetcars stopped operating 54 years ago. Nearly 10 years ago, the city tried to bring them back.

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