First of Three American Made DC Streetcar Vehicles to Arrive in District on Tuesday, January 21

Friday, January 17, 2014

DDOT Media Contact: Reggie Sanders – 202-437-0809,

Vehicle Will Immediately Undergo Testing and Commissioning  

(Washington, D.C.)— The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that the first United Streetcar vehicle for DC Streetcar is expected to be delivered to the District on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

The vehicle, which is being transported from Oregon, will be delivered and unloaded at the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street in Anacostia.  Once offloaded, the vehicle will begin functional testing and acceptance at the facility.

The vehicle is the first of three vehicles procured from United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, Inc. based in Portland, Oregon.  The delivery to Washington D.C. marks USC’s eighth streetcar delivery this year.  USC, together with its parent company, is manufacturing transit vehicles for customers in Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon, Tucson, Arizona and Oakland, California.

The District currently owns three streetcar vehicles manufactured by Inekon of the Czech Republic, now undergoing testing and commissioning at DDOT’s site in Anacostia.  The first of these vehicles was delivered to H Street/Benning Road on December 13 and is currently taking part in testing and acceptance activities in preparation for passenger service.

This testing phase includes the integration of power, communications, and traffic and train signal controls to ensure that all components are safe and working properly.  The streetcar system, including all six vehicles, must perform under several traffic scenarios, and emergency drills will be performed before it can be certified by DDOT and accepted by the State Safety Oversight Agency (SOA) for passenger service.

Each streetcar vehicle can accommodate a range of 144-160 seated and standing passengers. The streetcar’s interior layout is designed to accommodate wheelchairs using wide passenger doors that are level with the station platforms. The streetcars have level floor areas with substantial standing areas. In addition, vehicles can accommodate bikes and strollers.

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