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Funding restored for D.C. streetcars

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said he has worked with the office of the Chief Financial Officer to come up with money that would allow the city to restore funding for streetcars.

Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy said $10 million would be made available immediately to purchase streetcars in fiscal 2011. Another $37 million would be place in reserve pending an operations and funding proposal from Mayor Adrian Fenty. The council would then have to approve the proposal.

The decision to restore funding came just hours after the council decided to pull money from the streetcars to fund other services. But within moments of the decision, the council was inundated with calls.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Budget , Nikita Stewart  
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Instead of introducing new systems, why not allocate the funds to fix Next Bus, which doesn't work?

Posted by: nnelson1 | May 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to rethink my Gray support. If he is going to wimp out and cave to the Mayor, I may as well support the Mayor. NOT!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I was at best a lukewarm Gray supporter. I know I don't care much for Fenty. After the rollercoaster of today, I'm through with Gray, but with only Gray, Fenty, and Leo the bigot to choose from, I'm sort of at a loss. Is Faith running again this year?

Posted by: 20009matt | May 26, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gray deserves less than zero credit for the future success of the streetcar. Gray turned the streetcar funding plan into a trainwreck, and then handed the mess to the mayor to clean up. Shortsighted and totally irresponsible.

Posted by: hungrypug | May 26, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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