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Photo used with permission by ‏@burgessev

Just after 8:20pm @burgessev tweeted the above accident on H Street, NE just east of 14th Street. This follows this weekend’s streetcar involved accident at 6th and H St, NE. Updates when more info is known particularly if these recent incidents push passenger service past the anticipated launch during the week of Jan. 19th.

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1358 H Street, NE via Impala Cantina

From an email:

“Vigilante Coffee launching a new, exciting pop-up cafe inside of Impala Cantina Y Taqueria on H Street NE!

The pop-up will run from 7:30a – 1:00p Friday-Sunday starting January 16, 2015. This pop-up is a partnership and collaboration between Vigilante Coffee and Impala, as they will be making special donuts that we’ll serve alongside our coffee. The pop-up will feature a special walk-up sidewalk ordering window as well as a heated patio space to enjoy your coffee or latte. We are planning for now to stay there until Maketto opens and we’ll transition over to that space.

We’re really excited to be partnering with another awesome local business as well as being able to serve our coffee directly to our own neighborhood, just blocks away from where we started our company.”

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On Friday (then) Mayor Gray issued one of his final press release:

“Following a series of meetings between District Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials and State Safety Oversight, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the DC Streetcar is expected to be ready for passenger use the week of January 19, 2015.

“DDOT and District safety inspectors continue to work together to open the DC Streetcar to passenger service. Safety continues to be our top priority. And while we know that the first day of service is going to be a great day for District residents, we don’t want to rush for the sake of rushing,” said Mayor Gray. “With that in mind, though, I am now delighted to report that the week of January 19, 2015 is the target for getting H Street up to full speed.”

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1351 H Street, NE

We first learned of Maketto back in June 2012:

“The concept will be based around an inviting market place environment spearheaded by collaboration between the creators of DURKL and Toki Underground; combining both fashion and food, while at the same time giving local vendors an opportunity to market and sell their products.”

I was psyched to see the storefront transformation complete (in between Rock and Roll Hotel and Star & Shamrock/Bullfrog Bagels):

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And a peek in the window reveals the inside is looking nearly complete too:

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Back in 2012 we when first learned of the plans:

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1351 H Street, NE

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From the Mayor’s office:

“As many know, launching the DC Streetcar system has been a top priority of my administration and of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Unfortunately, we will not be able to see that goal through to completion as we wind down, but I can tell you that we are exceedingly close to carrying passengers on H Street and Benning Road. We know that DC Streetcar will be a welcomed economic engine that will result in new services and amenities for the community and I am confident the benefits of DC Streetcars will be realized in the very near future.

While we won’t meet our goal of opening in 2014, the good news is that the DC Streetcar system is in the final stages of safety and security certification and will be open for passenger service early in the New Year. We continue to work side by side, day and night, with State Safety Oversight (SSO) in order to ready the system for passengers.

Safety is our top priority and we want our passengers to have the utmost confidence when they enjoy this new premium transit service.

At this time, DDOT has completed all the requisite steps for system testing and certification and has submitted its final Safety and Security Certification Report. The SSO is in the process of reviewing the final documentation and DDOT is addressing the SSO’s final recommendations based on its readiness review. All parties agree that this process will not be a long one to complete.

Once DDOT delivers on all SSO recommendations, the SSO approval to begin passenger service will follow.

Even though the cars are not yet rolling with passengers, I am proud that we’ve moved this important transit project forward after it stood still for years. I am proud of the staff that continues to work tirelessly to open the system for the public to enjoy, and appreciate our partners who have joined us in this certification process.

I look forward to the day very soon when I will be able to jump aboard with other residents who are excited about the DC Streetcar.”