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Is there room for a light rail line within the RR property? It could use the same equipment as the street running streetcars, but could bypass the issues of running in mixed traffic.

I'm not a BRT beats streetcars fanatic, but I wonder if we are jumping to quickly to streetcars in mixed traffic - and overlooking that LRT's comparative advantage is in taking advantage of dedicated infrastructure. There may be places where dedicated infrastructure is not possible, and the higher capacity, somewhat higher ridership, and debated independent impact on development, make streetcars clearly preferable to buses (and Col Pike and H street show many of those charecteristics, esp the the volumes that make capacity important) but I don't see those issues here, and I don't see them being discussed. If a MARC station were combined with improved bus service - would the volumes involved overwhelm bus capacity? If not, conversion to streetcars could be deferred to later. If high quality bus service is weaker than street cars in inducing development, its not clear that it beats the combination of such service with a commuter rail station.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Nov 15, 2012 11:51 am • linkreport

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