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Suburbanites now shop close to home. In turn, we see the demise of our once great city shopping district. Sad to say, but unless we can "revive" that sense of a reason (major retail) to ride within the city, ...we will NOT see much of an increase in ridership. I'm afraid we will need more than mere storefronts outlets for that. Maybe a mega shopping mall in central DC????

People live here too, you know. And these shopping districts certainly don't seem to be hurting now. Take a look at the area around DCUSA right now. It's hard to move down the sidewalk at 7 PM. And mega shopping malls... go quick to a library, and check out every book on 1970s urban renewal.

<>I still favor an "express busway."

Which is as flexible and cheap as a streetcar, only smellier and louder.

But if one must push the rail option, heavy rail like MARC and VRE, have a MUCH better chance of carrying the increased volume of riders needed in actually helping to ease traffic.

The point is not to ease traffic, it is to ease people's commutes. Building high-capacity rail is only worth it if that rail goes to the right places, places where people don't have to drive to get on a train for another hour.

by Neil Flanagan on Dec 8, 2009 6:44 am • linkreport

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