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Light-rail demonstration project under way for WMATA

Last weekend, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) broke ground on the 2.7-mile Anacostia Light Rail Demonstration project.

The line will be built on existing CSX Transportation right-of-way along the east side of the Anacostia River between Bolling Air Force Base and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The $16.1 million project includes purchasing three light-rail vehicles, constructing a maintenance facility, and installing two traction power substations and a catenary system.

Scheduled to be complete in fall 2006, the line will include stops at stops at Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairlawn, Old Anacostia, Anacostia Metrorail station, Barry Farm and the Bolling Air Force Base.

The District of Columbia is funding the project.

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