This afternoon, the DC Council unanimously approved emergency legislation to allow streetcars on H Street and Benning Road NE and to move forward with an overhead wire power source. A vote on a permanent version of the legislation will occur on July 13, 2010. The full press release from Tommy Wells office can be found on his website.
Meanwhile, neighbors along Wylie Street, a small street just to the north of the 1200 block of H Street NE, are raising concerns about the city’s plans to put a substation — needed to power the streetcar wires — in the middle of their residential block. The District Department of Transportation will meet with the community tonight at 6:30 pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St, NE) to discuss the progress, address concerns, and solicit input regarding the substation.