In 1970s trams were banned or closed from many American and European cities. Now its a trend to get them back, so Washington DC is no exception. To complement their Metrorail (subway) system, Washington DC have now got a much modern version of streetcars in their streets. The first line opens today on 27th of February 2016 at 10am local time, running east along H Street from Union Station to Benning Road.

Here is av video from a testrun

Ceremony at 10 a.m local Washington DC Time

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is pleased to announce the launch of DC Streetcar! Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of 13th and H Streets as we reintroduce streetcars to the District. Passenger service will begin immediately following the brief 10 a.m. ceremony.

DC Streetcar will operate free service for the public for an introductory period. Permanent fare structure will be announced at a later date.