The new trolley cars that are to begin rolling on H Street NE in 2013 will be routed onto the bridge over Amtrak rails so that they connect with Union Station.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Tuesday that the route was the best option for making that connection without disrupting the surrounding neighborhood.
The need to link the trolley line that will run down refurbished H Street from Benning Road with Amtrak and Metrorail at Union Station has been obvious since the planning stages. How best to do that had been cause for debate.
The original planscalled for punching an opening through at the foot of the bridge so that streetcars could pass under the railway tracks. Space under the tracks already exists, much of it now used to house District Department of Transportation equipment.
That would have allowed for construction of a trolley station under the bridge on the west side of the Amtrak tracks, and trolley passengers could have walked directly into Union Station.