The US Landed on the Moon In Less Time Than It Took to Build DC's Two-Mile Streetcar

The US Landed on the Moon In Less Time Than It Took to Build DC's Two-Mile Streetcar
Testing, testing… is this thing on? (Photo via DC Streetcar)

In 1961, John F. Kennedy proclaimed that America would go to the moon. Eight years later, a human walked on the moon. In 2007, Washington DC began construction on a 2.2-mile streetcar. Eight years later… well, it still wasn’t finished.

Finally, after almost a decade of delays, mismanagement, and shattered dreams, DC’s streetcar will open tomorrow (hopefully). In a story by Kriston Capps at CityLab, accompanied by a helpful infographic designed by Mark Byrnes, we see that the streetcar not only took longer than the act of successfully placing humans on a really big rock that is orbiting Earth and bringing them home safely, even huge infrastructural projects like the Burj Khalifa and the Transcontinental Railroad…

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