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Inner-city stations on commuter rail lines can be a good way to provide additional transit service in previously underserved areas. Chicago and Boston are either adding stations or beefing up service along inner-city commuter rail segments. And in much of Philadelphia, commuter rail is the only rail transit to Center City. Of course, this requires having commuter rail that runs frequently throughout the day and week.

A new MARC station at New York Ave & Bladensburg Rd may not sound like much in the short term, but long term it may be a very good idea. MARC's 2007 expansion plan calls for more frequent trains, weekend and midday service, and most importantly, extending service to L'Enfant Plaza, Arlington and Alexandria. Right now, the only place in the entire region where you can have a one-seat ride to both NoVA and Baltimore is Union Station. That kind of regional connectivity is valuable and could draw a lot of investment to this area in the future.

by dan reed! on Nov 15, 2012 1:02 pm • linkreport

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