- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

After more than a decade of waiting and setbacks, passengers will be able to ride the D.C. Streetcar beginning Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

“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,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement Thursday.

The streetcar, the city’s first in 50 years, runs along 2.4 miles of H Street NE and cost the District $200 million.

D.C. Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo on Thursday jabbed at former mayors who had failed to get the streetcar project up and running.

“Mayor Bowser charged my team with taking a failed Streetcar program and making it work for District residents. After years of overspending, mismanagement and lack of direction, we made it happen,” Mr. Dormsjo said.

The streetcar will run 6 a.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and 6 a.m.-2 a.m.Saturday. There will be no service on Sundays.

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