Against the wishes of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, on Tuesday the D.C. Council chairman proposed cutting $484 million over six years from the District’s budget to build streetcar in order to afford a series of tax cuts proposed recently by an independent commission.

Gray’s office and transit advocates argue that the move would cut the streetcar program off at the knees just as it is finally closing in on what might be a debut, after more than a decade of planning and track construction.

Marion Barry is not so keen on the mayor’s streetcar plan. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post).

The council still plans to spend $400 million on streetcar system over the next six years, which provides some reassurance to advocates of the system, but council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) thinks the city ought to consider other priorities.

He listed a few of them Wednesday in Tweets to Post reporters Aaron Davis (@byaaroncdavis) and Michael Laris (@mikelaris):








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