DC to buy American-made streetcars

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia officials have struck a deal to purchase American-made streetcars for the city's new trolley line.

The district previously purchased three streetcars made in the Czech Republic. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that the district will buy two additional streetcars from Oregon Iron Works Inc., which is the only domestic manufacturer of such vehicles. It's based in Clackamas, Ore.

The first streetcar line is scheduled to open next year and will serve the H Street Northeast corridor, which in recent years has become a nightlife hub. Transportation officials are planning a 37-mile streetcar network connecting areas of the city that are isolated from public transit.

The district's previous trolley system was shut down in 1962.