DC Owns New Streetcars?

Well, apparently, the District now owns 3 Czech-made streetcars. Sure, they’re still operating and living in the Czech Republic. The city, and its taxpayers, have forked over $10 million for a set of three streetcars back in 2005. The line still hasn’t been built yet. Designed to go from Bolling AFB to the Anacostia Metro, the tracks have never been laid. The city promises they’ll be looking into that, and an operator for this new system, this summer.

But those 3 streetcars are still running in the Czech Republic…

So, wait. We’re going to pay $10M for used streetcars? For real?

2 Comments so far

  1. bhrome on April 24th, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

    Nah, they were new when we bought them. We just get them delivered used.

    Of course, I wonder if we’ll have to pay to have them shipped over, plus any costs for refurbishing / maintenance, since they’ve, you know, been USED.

  2. jyoung on April 24th, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    They are "used" because they have to test them. Which DDOT would’ve had to do before running them anyway. So I guess these are "used" if you consider a new car that’s been tested before it’s sale to be "used".

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