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Mayor Faces Uphill Battle to Expand Streetcar Line

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Mayor Muriel Bowser has promised an end to DC's era of broken streetcar promises, and wants to stretch the line from Maryland to Georgetown. Her first budget will reveal details about her approach. But it will be challenging to expand and improve a streetcar line that has been struggling for a long time. There are monetary and logistical issues, the Washington Post reports. Council member Yvette Alexander believes an extension along Benning Road and the Anacostia River will carry significant economic benefits. Meanwhile, council member Jack Evans is waiting to see the numbers before he passes judgment, saying the city has so many long-term projects it has to choose wisely. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, who led an effort to cut back on spending for the project, suggests starting small and seeing how it works. [WaPo]