Start D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has established a Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force to develop recommendations for funding and oversight for the District's emerging streetcar system.

The 14-member panel will be chaired by City Administrator Allen Lew and will include six members of the public who have expertise in transportation systems, public-private developments, or project financing.

The task force is expected to provide detailed cost estimates for each portion of the system, estimate annual operation and maintenance costs, identify potential funding, propose construction timelines and recommend guidelines for an independent agency.

"The District has the most ambitious streetcar plan in the nation," Gray said Thursday. "We are the only city talking about putting down 37 miles of tracks."