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Streetcars! They’re coming.

In fact, they’re coming soon. Well, “soon” is a relative term—-Maybe 2012, maybe earlier. But considering streetcars were barely a topic of conversation until the city was suddenly laying down rails in late August, we’ve been hearing an awful lot about them recently.

And in the past week, the city has been speedily holding meetings across D.C.’s wards to share progress reports and plans. Here’s the schedule. The last gathering’s coming up Nov. 4:

Ward 6: Thursday, October 22, 2009 J.O. Wilson Elementary, 660 K Street, NE
Ward 1: Monday, October 26, 2009 Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th Street, NW
Ward 4: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Brightwood Elementary, 1300 Nicholson Street, NW
Ward 2: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Hyde Elementary, 3219 O Street NW
Ward 7: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Thomas Elementary, 650 Anacostia Avenue, NE
Ward 8: Monday, November 2, 2009 Savoy Elementary, 2400 Shannon Place, SE
Ward 5: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Luke Moore Academy , 1001 Monroe Street, NE
Ward 3: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 Stoddert Elementary, 4001 Calvert Street, NW

And some more information:

All open houses will begin at 7 pm and end at 8:30 pm. The program for all eight open houses is the same; it will consist of display boards, maps, information about the proposed system, and opportunities for participants to speak individually with and ask questions of project team members. The open houses are open to the public, and no RSVP is necessary…For further information, please visit www.ddot.dc.gov/dcstreetcar or contact the project hotline at (703) 682-5060.

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