The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has selected United Streetcar, a subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, to manufacture two modern streetcars for the DC Streetcar system.

The new vehicles will be built in the United States and will run – along with the three vehicles the District already owns — on the H Street/Benning Road line beginning in 2013.

The proposed Cooperative Purchase Agreement sent to the Council utilizes an existing contract for streetcar vehicles between Oregon Iron Works and the city of Portland, Oregon.

“This contract, which we have sent to the Council for consideration, reaffirms our commitment to begin streetcar service in the District next year,” said Mayor Gray.

“Investing in streetcars makes sense both economically and environmentally, and we must continue to move forward with the program.”