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May 13th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Washington's streetcar battle

(CNN) – If the gridlock on Capitol Hill doesn't drive you crazy, the gridlock trying to drive in to D.C. will. That's why city officials are looking to a new version of an old fix for all that congestion: Streetcars.

But not every one in Washington is on-board with this retro idea. Our Kate Bolduan has the AM original report.


Filed under: Transportation • U.S.
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jim Yanke

    I saw your article on the Washington D.C. streetcars. You showed old films on the streetcars in the 1950s. If you look at those streetcars, you will notice the trolleys are down and there are no overhead wires. The streetcars of Washington D.C. at that time picked up their electricity from a feed underground located between the rails in the street. You left that part out of your article.

    Jim Yanke
    Kewaskum, WI

    May 15, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  2. Bill Vigrass, Cherry Hill, NJ

    Capital Transit's streetcars did not rattle or clank. They were a relatively quiet street vehicle, far quieter than a diesel bus accelerating. Reporters and writers tend to use cliches.
    Bill Vigrass.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  3. ronvan

    This is exactly what I mean by "WE" the American people will be the downfall of our country! Streetcars are an excellent idea, but NO, now we already have the "do gooder" groups that say it will "not look good" !
    What a joke! I guess we are better off inhaling all those vehicle fumes.
    Same with alternative energy sources, cars that get more MPG's. In short ANYTHING that could help create jobs, eliminate the posioning of our planet, make us healhier. ONLY when we have crossed the NO RETURN point will everyone then be screaming about change. TO LATE!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:10 am |