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D.C. Council Looks At Streetcar Plan

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It's been more than half a century since a streetcar last ran down the streets of the District. But the plan to bring the trolley back is moving forward, and tracks have already been laid in certain parts of the city.

Wednesday, the D.C. Council is holding an important public hearing on the final details of the plan.

For streetcar advocates like Dave Alpert, founder of the influential local transportation blog Greater Greater Washington, the message he wants to deliver to the council today is simple:

"There's a lot of public support for it. The council has identified funding for it, DDOT has done planning on where it starts and ends, what cars to use -- now is the time to move forward to get it built," Alpert says.

But some hurdles remain, such as long-term funding for the plan and the thorny issue of overhead wires (a federal law dating back to the 1880s prohibits such wires in parts of the city).

According to the plan, two streetcars lines -– one on H Street Northeast, the other in Anacostia -– could be in service by early 2012.

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