I didn’t get to the Drafthouse until later, and missed the presentation – sounds like it was pretty good.
Regarding the Pike Streetcar connecting to a DC line, one thing that is overlooked by many people is that the H Street Line in DC and the Pike Line are just the first steps in what would be an interconnected regional system.
Also, per the DC website “The District of Columbia has purchased modern streetcars manufactured by Skoda-Inekon of the Czech Republic.”
I am biting my lip on that one….. :-)
“the H Street Line in DC and the Pike Line are just the first steps in what would be an interconnected regional system.”
I think if more people knew this there would be far more support for this project. I also like the idea of ferries or a sky tram across the river that someone brought up in another thread. That would be pretty cool.
All joking aside, a sky tram from Rosslyn to Georgetown would be awesome. There is a cable-car like thing in Portland, and people ride that thing just for the heck of it – there isn’t much on either end (unless you’re going to work)!
@Quoth….sky tram would be way cool. tourists would love it.
Is it really that hard to walk across key bridge? I’ve done it 3x this week so far. You really need a sky tram?
Is it really that hard to walk across key bridge? I've done it 3x this week so far.
Tough as nails, that n*******e. Attaboy. You show ‘em.
DC and Arlington are both open to the idea of connecting the Streetcar lines, METRO’s Momentum plan endorses the idea. DC is doing a study of the “Long Bridge” (the rail bridge that crosses the Potomac by Long Bridge Park) and one of the options being studied includes Streetcar tracks. One potential issue is that DC picked the narrowest possible width of Streetcar vehicle and Arlington is leaning more toward a wider vehicle for capacity reasons. If they choose differing widthis it would make interoperability challenging if not impossible.
Glad folks had a good time at the event – I wish I’d have a chance to meet more folks.
If we got a monorail instead of a street car we could pretend we are in a Simpsons episode as well as being at Disney World.
So steve, when you’re on Metro do you pretend you’re on the NY subway? Do you pretend you’re in Le Mans when you’re driving on the beltway? When your ride a bus do you pretend you’re Jack Kerouac?
“Is it really that hard to walk across key bridge? I've done it 3x this week so far.”
Pretending you’re in Paris?
@NS, you would find something to complain about the Monorail.
So @Dezlboy – what do you attribute the redevelopment of Cherrydale, Shirlington, the residential redev of Arlington Ridge? They have no metro, they have no Streetcar.
Anyone with less of an agenda – would think the simpler explanation that – just being in one of the few robust property markets over the last 5 years – because of the feds pumping stimulus $ etc in to NOVA would explain this not wishful thinking about a street car. In addition being one of the most straight forward commutes with access to multiple crossings doesn’t hurt., which is about location not due to being handed a $250 million and counting check. Anyone who does capital investment for a living realizes that the best place to deploy capital is where the return rate is largest and since Columbia pike started off lowest, had the greatest return.
In addition, I would bet more than half of these business’s that are pumping this won’t be there 3 years after any Street car arrives as they’ll have finally decided to cash out on the whole bump in property value(with maybe a small increment from the Streetcar addition-if it goes through) or won’t be able to afford continuing to stay on the Pike after the board get’s through with tax increments and extorting developers to fund vanity projects, driving real estate rents outside the range anything but a flash in the pan, chain can handle.
@Suburban: I am not familar with the Cherrydale or Shirlington projects and thus can’t address your questions.
Streetcar and Col Pike Revitalization Dev plan documents will answer your questions in detail.
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