Speak Out: Do You Support the Columbia Pike 'Streetcar'?

The project, which is endorsed by both Fairfax and Arlington counties, will run from Falls Church to Pentagon City.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors officially endorsed the on Tuesday.

Developing better transit has become one of the main priorities in Fairfax County and the streetcar is expected to help alleviate much of the congestion in Fairfax County. The project, which was in late July, will provide a way for residents to travel from the Skyline area of Falls Church in Fairfax County to Pentagon City.

Although the project is supported by the board, not all residents are happy with the idea of a streetcar.

"This is really dumb. It was not a coincidence that streetcars became obsolete," said one Patch reader in reaction to the board's decision.

It is estimated that the streetcar will cost approximately $6 million a year to run.  Both Fairfax and Arlington counties are expected to pay for 56 percent, or $137 million, of the project, pending federal dollars.

Tell us: Do you agree with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and their support of the Streetcar?

Carl August 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Good point. I didn't notice the placement of the tracks. I totally agree. A bus can go around an accident or burst pipe in the road. A trolley can't.
John Strother August 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Trolley cars are a thing from the past, which should remain in the past. I want the county to do drug and alcohol testing before they vote on anything. This sure sounds like a pipe dream. What were the County folks on?
Gordon August 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Brian, I agree and would be way more supportive of a light rail line that used right of way isolated from traffic as much as possible. That was the opportunity they missed here. They should have used this project to redesign CP with a transit median. As planned, no one with any knowledge of transit or urban planning would take this seriously.
Gordon August 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Why is this project moving forward? Reading the public comments I see very few taxpayers commenting that they support of the project: http://www.piketransit.com/downloads/may2012/PikeTransitPublicReview06-25-12.pdf Is this the sort of county government we deserve? One that allows pet projects to proceed over taxpayer objections?
Sleeper August 03, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Somebody on the board has an in law that builds them, I bet. It is just DUMB. Street cars were eliminated because of the limited travel area and very high maintenance. Another money hole for taxpayers.


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