"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 (3-kilometer) line in southeastern Washington that, fittingly, will pass near the Washington Nationals' new downtown ballpark, which is to open in April 2008." – Washington Trolleys Go Back on Track in Mass Transit Encore By Daniel J. Goldstein and Arena Welch
Streetcars and trolleys were once a vital part of our nation’s transportation sytem. Washington, D.C. had an extensive and at times, very modern system. Baseball fans took the electric streetcars to and fro’ Griffith Stadium.
Fans, commuters and tourists in D.C. will be happy to know the return of the streetcars to the nation’s capital is one step closer. A test line now has funding and is due to open in 2007. The streetcars will run through Anacostia, the neighborhood south of the Nationals new park. City officials are counting on them as part of an economic revitalization for the area.
It should be noted that the Bloomberg article fudges a bit. As Jacqui Dupree notes at her blog, "it's glossing over the fact that this test line is being built in Anacostia, along the east side of the river, whereas Near Southeast and the stadium are on the west side of the river."
But as she also says, the proposed M line will pass one block from the ballpark footprint.