There was a bit of noise on Twitter yesterday as Councilmembers questioned DDOT about details on Streetcars. Tommy Wells did not sound happy. One major concern is the initial number of streetcars. The recent cancellation of a streetcar manufacturing contract (for two cars) with a Portland based company has really focused concern on this issue. The thing is that, whicle they will be able to run the existing (three) streetcars on the rails, they won't have enough cars initially to meet the aimed for time between streetcars. Launching the streetcars before the system is ready could set it up for failure. DDOT still wants to launch next year, and they hope to have five cars when they do it. The window is getting pretty tight. Personally, I'd rather see a delayed launch than a system set in motion prematurely.
Full coverage of the issue (and yesterday's hearing) from the Washington Post and TBD.