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Definitely would prefer a Bladensburg Road streetcar route to a West Virginia Avenue Route. West Virginia Avenue alongside Trinidad is totally residential south of Mount Olivet, but you're right that it would provide connectivity for Ivy City north of there.

Bladensburg north of Mount Olivet has the Arboretum on one side and Mount Olivet Cemetery on the other, so there's not a lot of people to be served there. But, it could help trigger more investment on the blighted commercial strip that sews Trinidad and Carver Langston together.

Both would serve the new Walmart-based commercial node that presumably is still coming to the New York/Bladensburg/Montana triangle.

All of this would require, you know, planning and investment. Things that Americans aren't exactly known for these days. Wish we could break that mold!

(In addition, a streetcar route on Montana would have to traverse a pretty steep grade - not sure how much of a problem that would be.)

But if we're going to dream here, why end a metro line as a stub at Bladensburg and New York? Why not run it parallel to the Camden line trains up to Mt. Rainier, Hyattsville, and connect back into the Green line just south of College Park. Could be a modern-day version of the Green line shortcut that existed before Fort Totten to U Street section of the Green line was built.

by Geoffrey Hatchard on Nov 15, 2012 11:58 am • linkreport

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