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I'd like to see the CCT stay in the Bethesda Tunnel, but I think the decision to reroute it on a surface route is responsible. Some points to consider:
1) The Bethesda Purple Line station will have 15,000 uses each DAY - far more than the 10,000 uses of the trail each WEEK we see now.
2) There will be a 5-7 foot wide sidewalk going through the tunnel so pedestrians will still have a through-tunnel option.
3) The trail surface route is being developed to be a full-width, all off-road trail. It will be only about 400' longer than the tunnel route.
4) And finally, we should acknowledge the right-of-way would never have been purchased without the expectation that it would ultimately be used for transit too. There would be no trail except for the promise to ultimately share the corridor with transit. Trail users cannot reasonably demand to have the exclusive use of this corridor.
Of course the trail would be better if it could stay in the tunnel. But when we balance the competing needs, and consider the history of this corridor, trail users are being asked to make a necessary and reasonable accommodation here.

by Wayne Phyillaier on Dec 20, 2012 8:59 am • linkreport

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