Washington DC has been trying to start a streetcar system for over a decade. So far, they have been unsuccessful. Before I continue, I have to say DC is an extreme outlier in the streetcar world. They finished construction on the H Street route in 2014 and started testing that summer. The line has missed every deadline since and hasn’t opened. Transit experts and rail-fans have questioned if it will open. Here’s my opinion. After over a decade and over a hundred million dollars, DC has itself a giant Lionel Streetcar Bump-N-Go set on H Street. I’m not saying it’ll be unsuccessful when it opens. On the contrary, I think it’ll be a huge success. I judge streetcar systems first on one key characteristic, ridership stats. How many people are riding and are the riders residents are my first two questions. I think the H Street line will pass those tests when passenger service starts. Until then, it is the biggest rail line flop I have ever seen. I hope whatever the problem is, it gets fixed ASAP. If it doesn’t, it’s reputation can not be fixed.