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Columbia Pike Streetcar
  • South Awwlington January 9, 2013 - 11:28 am #62842 Reply

    Good news from FTA on formula to consider funding allocation: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/07/fta-opens-the-door-for-more-transit-expansions-to-receive-federal-funding/

    South Awwlington January 9, 2013 - 11:41 am #62846 Reply

    One more article I should have added in the above post: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/01/08/fta_new_starts_rule_will_encourage_good_projects_and_walkable_neighborhoods.html

    And btw, this is what BRT really looks like (MBTA’s Silver Line from Logan).  It DOES have overhead catenaries for usage in tunnels and in the dedicated ROW.  The need for BRT to have a dedicated ROW is exactly why BRT is the wrong answer for Columbia Pike.  The only other option that provides roughly the same service as a Streetcar is an Articulated Bus.  This is why I am so confused by Libby’s insistence on BRT.  Quite frankly, you should take the “R” out of BRT without a dedicated ROW, which we will NOT have on the Pike.  Its almost like she jumped on the BRT bandwagon before she fully understood it and now finds herself wedded to it.  You might as well have air flight service along the Pike in that case too.

    MissKittenCat January 11, 2013 - 1:10 pm #63046 Reply

    I think we are all sad to see a streetcar put in.  We can’t even afford to put in the streetcar.

    Common sense would be expand Metro and ART buses and offer more express buses.  There are very few ART Bus routes and many routes don’t run on weekends and holidays. Then start BRT. This whole streetcar thing is just an expensive way to make columbia pike look pretty.

    This is NOT Portland.


    Cate January 11, 2013 - 1:25 pm #63047 Reply

    That’s only one branch of the Silver Line.  The rest of it operates like a normal bus, just bigger.

    FrenchyB January 11, 2013 - 2:11 pm #63059 Reply

    “I think we are all sad to see a streetcar put in.”

    And you would be wrong.

    BBMS January 11, 2013 - 4:25 pm #63073 Reply

    If you stop and think about it, this might be bad news.  It sounds like it opens the competition to more projects, and we all know the pool of federal money for this type of project is shrinking thanks to the republican controlled congress.

    Sebastian Melmoth January 11, 2013 - 5:43 pm #63076 Reply

    “I think we are all sad to see a streetcar put in.”

    speak for yourself. i think it adds character to the neighborhood.

    “This is NOT Portland.”

    and what’s so bad about Portland?



    novasteve January 11, 2013 - 6:42 pm #63060 Reply




    aewaiw January 14, 2013 - 3:11 pm #63191 Reply

    The Street Card was voted in by the majority. Its going to happen, and you’ll all end up using it. Traffic is bad, the county needs a solution. This is part of it. Get over it.

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