Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Looks like streetcars on Georgia Ave are now a long way off

Well, it was fun while it lasted. A couple of weeks ago I saw a plan for a streetcar on Georgia Avenue, and now today, the DC Council took out funding for the streetcars. There has already been money spent and some tracks laid. Now it looks like the earliest we'd see any streetcars on our streets would be 2014, and that would probably be the H Street NE line, which means many moons until we can hop on the Georgia Ave line, if at all.

It looks like council chair and mayoral candidate Vince Gray was the lead in taking out the funds, and I've since emailed him expressing my displeasure. If you want to do the same (or, conversely, congratulate him) his chief of staff's email is DSlonneger@dccouncil.us.

Photo by Mr. T in DC

UPDATE Looks like after a bunch of angry people got in touch with Gray and the rest of the Council, they somehow found the money and restored funding. Good to hear, though the quick flip flop doesn't inspire much confidence.

6 comments:

  1. can you post his email address? i'm very disappointed/pissed about this and would like to email him, but can't seem to find it on the dc council website.

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  2. Sure, just added his chief of staff to the post.

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  3. Well, they were also looking at taking out funds for preventing foster kids from becoming homeless upon turning 18... so in the scheme of our city being broke, this doesn't seem like the worst project to lose funding (which is not to say I don't think it's a great project!). (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/25/AR2010052505145.html).

    Although it looks like the funding may have been restored: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-breaking-news/dc/dc-council-votes-to-strip-fund.html

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  4. Um, RT, our city isn't broke.

    Anyway, it looks like they've restored funding. Hallelujah!

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  5. Its a good thing we already bought those street cars though, just in case right? This city is just so backwards.

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