U.S. Capital Plans Return of Electric Trolley Cars

The city is planning a $25 million project to bring back the trolley cars that last rumbled along its streets during the Kennedy administration.

Published: 29-Dec-2006

WASHINGTON — Washington residents cheered the return of professional baseball to the American capital last year after a 33-year absence. Soon, they'll be able to look back to the future again.

The city is planning a $25 million project to bring back the trolley cars that last rumbled along its streets during the Kennedy administration. The revival will begin next year with a 2-mile line in southeastern Washington that, fittingly, will pass near the Washington Nationals' new downtown ballpark, which is to open in April 2008.

"To have baseball and streetcars come back somehow makes the city seem whole," a city transportation agency worker, Eric Madison, said. Mr. Madison, 32, volunteers at the National Capital Trolley Museum, which saved parts of the trolley fleet after the lines were torn up in 1962 in favor of subways and buses.

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