Category Archives: Pike Streetcar

Fatal Flaw: Omitting Pentagon Transit Station from Streetcar Network Will Burden Future Generations

Arlington County’s Board has decided to make an “our way or the highway” offer for its planned streetcar network: if a neighboring jurisdiction doesn’t want to adopt the Board’s plan, they are on their own.  Fairfax is in (at least … Continue reading

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Board Members Fib About Capacity of Streetcars vs Articulated Buses

Some board members have been hitting the local press lately with claims about the capacity of various transit alternatives for Columbia Pike.  Unfortunately, the remarks show a serious disregard of fact. In an article in February at Arlington Mercury, the … Continue reading

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Government Policies Designed to Raise Housing Prices Are Never Progressive

One of Arlington’s great strengths is the rich layers of diversity in its people: linguistic, culinary, cultural, and perhaps most importantly, economic diversity.  From the immigrant living in rental housing on the western edge of the Pike, to the Gen … Continue reading

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The Backwards Notion That Driving Up Real Estate Prices Preserves Affordable Housing

The backers of the Columbia Pike Streetcar have many arguments in favor of the project.  They range from topsy-turvy (the idea that serving only one pair of destinations is a virtue, rather than a significant flaw in a transit system) … Continue reading

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Demographic, Attitudinal Changes Are Missing Elements of Trolley Debate

One of the most common arguments in favor of the streetcar is that it’s the best choice to encourage residents to use transit instead of their vehicle for trips along the Pike.  The logic is that because current drivers don’t … Continue reading

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Seven Months Late, Incomplete Super Stop Calls Into Question County Capacity to Build Trolley

At the corner of S. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike sits an unfinished, deluxe bus stop.  This project is the showcase premiere for a series of new, upgraded bus stops that are the Columbia Pike Super Stops.  The on-again/off-again … Continue reading

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Citizen Launches Petition to Stop Pike Streetcar

A local resident has launched an online petition for residents to express opposition to the streetcar to the County Board.  It can be read and signed here.  Signatories are concerned so far about the cost, effect on affordable housing, and … Continue reading

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