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Back when I was involved in H Street and Ivy City revitalization activities, I made a not dissimilar suggestion, that streetcar service could loop from West Virginia Ave. to New York Avenue to Bladensburg to H St./Florida back to West Virginia Avenue.

It could be conceived of as a kind of Pearl District/South Lake Union development augur, which could justify the expense.

The reason that in that general area, fixed rail transit "doesn't make sense" is that it is mostly industrial and a big cemetery. So you don't have many people going to that area wanting to use transit, and people don't live there generating trip demand.

That really is the case wrt MARC, which is focused on getting people to Downtown DC from Maryland to
work. In off-peak hours, there is one train/hour (not unlike SEPTA regional rail actually, which is criticized for infrequency). I suppose you could do what Yonah Freemark has proposed in Greater NY, in setting up LIRR/MetroNorth train service within the city to allow for intra-city trips to be charged at the standard subway rate, as opposed to the higher fare structure that trains normally do.

Similarly, in the past I've considered MARC stops at Takoma or Brookland, but just as a proposed stop at NY/Bladensburg, the service profile doesn't really exist. E.g., the number of people who use the Riverdale Park stop on a daily basis is minimal. I doubt there are many people who ride MARC from Silver Spring to/from DC, it is faster than Metro, although there are people who ride VRE from Alexandria because it is faster, albeit more expensive.

In fact, with regard to the proposal, the Riverdale Park station is instructive, with a similar set of constraints (minimal population, not well located).

I don't know what the intent of the Ward 5 Industrial Lands study is but it's likely to rezone the lands away from industrial, even though the W5 industrial land is the bulk of the city's land zoned in that category.

Likely this proposal is related to that. Speaking of which, back in the day, there was a Langdon area station on what is now the MARC Camden Line. I don't know where it was sited though.
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by Richard Layman on Nov 16, 2012 5:57 am • linkreport

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