In addition to its Metrorail subway system, Washington DC has some streetcars that you can ride. Unfortunately, to ride them, you have to travel to the Czech Republic.*
The city of Washington paid $10 million for streetcars three years ago, but never laid any tracks for them to run on. Nor does it have any idea when it might have such tracks. So they remain in Plzen.
Apparently, the city could not resist a “good deal” by buying streetcars at the same time that Portland bought some (which, no doubt, saved Portland a few bucks too). The article does not say, but for $10 million they probably got four streetcars. For the same amount of money, they could have purchased nearly 40 buses.
Washington DC used to be known as the nation’s worst city government. Portland has been in the running for the same title, so I guess Washington had to do something to keep up.
(* Sticklers may note that the streetcar manufacturer in the Czech Republic is running Washington’s streetcars from time to time to keep them in shape, but they aren’t picking up passengers. But I suspect you could get a ride on one if you talked to the right people.)