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andy -- you're talking about the proposed crosstown streetcar line. I always argued that it should have been built first as there would have been no legal issue over the wires, and it would have improved service in an area that needed it.

I also argued it could be extended to College Park and with a Y at the other end serving Georgetown U and AU, also serving HU, Trinity, CUA, and since ending at College Park, could be called the University Line.

- http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2009/04/will-streetcars-really-return-to.html

Similarly, I proposed a streetcar/light rail up Rte. 1. In a meeting with Peter Shapiro in 2004, he suggested it could go up to Laurel. I then found out that MTA did a study of streetcar service in relation to the Gateway Arts District, in the mid-1990s. And someone affiliated with the Gateway CDC made the very good point that instead of terminating at RI Metro, it should go to Dupont Circle. But ideally it would be light rail, faster than streetcar, with fewer stops.

That's why I've argued that the streetcar planning process is deficient, because it is very parochial, and doesn't consider cross-border transportation planning, and different modes depending on demand.

Although this thread clearly doesn't involve many people who've ridden the B2 or the buses on Rhode Island Avenue. At least with the B2, there's not the kind of ridership that would justify fixed rail, although the service, like all city bus service, has plenty of opportunity for improvement. The big problem is the cemetery and the Arboretum take out big chunks of land that would normally be developed and generate potential riders.

On Route 1, I have been impressed with the initiative to provide branded bus service, delivered I think by PG County and UMD?

http://www.route1ride.org/about-route-1-ride/

I have not ridden the service. But it is well branded and marketed better than typical bus service. But again, this section of Rhode Island Ave. has issues in terms of population density and minimal numbers of activity centers which is why bus service is typically infrequent (and why many of the early retail attempts in association with the Gateway Arts District failed).

by Richard Layman on Nov 16, 2012 6:07 am • linkreport

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