The U.S. capital is reviving its streetcar network after nearly fifty years, purchasing its first, three streetcars from the Czech Republic for its planned lines in Anacostia and along H Street. Manufactured by the Inekon Group, the cars are able to operate in mixed traffic, quickly connecting neighborhoods. Such streetcars cover a route length of 335 miles in the Czech capital of Prague, a system in operation since 1891. These days, this environmentally friendly mode of transportation is making a comeback across the Atlantic in many U.S. cities beyond Washington, DC. Czech streetcars already cruise along the streets of San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, and Seattle.
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