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Trulee,
My experience with a number of DOTs around the country is that they do not take the time to listen to residents' concerns and thus miss the wisdom we all bring about the places we live. Why would we not want Council and DOT to hear our views and questions about their proposals? Obviously, if there is still discussion about 8th St. as an appropriate location, we need more time to understand the implications of this vs. alternate routes. I am curious about how this route got into the Transportation Improvement Program for funding when it seems not to have been agreed upon by our Council representative.

And we need to see 2-D visual simulations of 8th St. and elsewhere -- which VDOT can and should do -- of the overhead wires and accompanying poles, stanchions, etc. that will go with them through our historic district.

Bus technologies are improving rapidly around the world. What are the trade-offs with a streetcar system? The Circulator has been fantastic and is proving to be very flexible and convenient on the routes it traverses. What are the plans for its future expansion?

Transportation needs to be a coherent, interlocking, efficient and flexible system that is well-maintained and updated with new technologies when they come on line. Let's take the time to figure out if we are headed in that direction.

If citizens don't insist that government agencies listen and address our concerns, who will?

by Meg on Oct 26, 2009 8:57 pm • linkreport

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