Washington, DC ― Streetcar Shop
Rail Transit Online, August 2006
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is
soliciting proposals for detailed design and construction of a multi-level
operations and maintenance facility for the six-station, 2.7-mi. (4.3 km)
Anacostia demonstration streetcar line. The yard and shop will be located
between South Capitol Street and Interstate 295 in southeast Washington.
The procurement will be a negotiated “best value” contract, and proposals
are due on Aug. 4. A groundbreaking ceremony for the modern streetcar line
was held in November 2004 and the project was supposed to be completed in
the fall of this year. Three double-ended cars were ordered in February
2005 from DPO Inekon, a joint venture of the Czech commercial house Inekon
and the transit authority of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, which has a
large, modern maintenance facility capable of building new streetcars. The
project is a cooperative venture between District of Columbia Department of
Transportation and WMATA.