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Dinner links: On track and on the trail

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Controversial Vienna Councilmember loses by 2 votes: Dan Dellinger, who called trail users "undesirables" and then clarified that he meant cars, has lost his reelection bid by two votes. FABB says that the two new members of the Council are strong bicycle advocates.

Single tracking wouldn't work for the Purple Line: At the request of neighbors and the Montgomery County Council, the Maryland MTA studied the possibility of single-tracking the Purple Line. Not surprisingly, they concluded that it really wouldn't work. (Post)

Dulles Rail money on the express track: The US DOT will be giving the Silver Line project $77.3 million of its promised $900 million a little early by using some stimulus money. (Addison)

Lost Washington: The Cabin John Trolley: Walk along the old trolley line from Cabin John to Georgetown. (The New Gay, Craig)

Matthew Henson Trail about to open: Montgomery will open open the new Matthew Henson Trail in Wheaton and Silver Spring this Saturday. (Trail Voice, Ian Edlind)

Kiss & Park for Metro employees?: A Metro employee parks all day in the Takoma kiss-and-ride on a regular basis. After a rider asks him, he admits he shouldn't do it, then keeps doing it. (Unsuck DC Metro)

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David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Vienna councilman, not Fairfax.

by mrfred on May 7, 2009 9:36 pm • linkreport


by David Alpert on May 8, 2009 7:15 am • linkreport

So if when Metrorail is screwed up, they have to resort to single tracking, what do you get when a single track Purple line is screwed up?

I think the answer comes at the end of "Back to the Future, part 2".

Y'all know what I'm talking about.

by Michael Perkins on May 8, 2009 8:57 am • linkreport

Well, I screwed it up, should be BTTF: Part 3.

by Michael Perkins on May 8, 2009 9:03 am • linkreport

Huzzah! Single Tracking was never a good idea

by Art on May 8, 2009 9:25 am • linkreport

@ Michael

MTA learned there lesson from Baltimore.

I'm still against calling it the purple line, if this gets a color then all the streetcar plans should get one as well.

by Kk on May 8, 2009 9:27 am • linkreport

The comments on the Washington Post article are pathetic. At least one jerk had the courage to say what so many opponents are thinking: "Adding public transportation from PG County is like inviting a thug into your front door." I love it when NIMBYs show their cards.

Kk,I totally agree. I really hope that once they've sold it to the public, Maryland will stop. But, one has to admit that the name is better than the "Bi-County Transitway."

by цarьchitect on May 8, 2009 9:40 am • linkreport


I tend to agree with you about the colour naming scheme, and ideas as to other names for it?

by Art on May 8, 2009 9:45 am • linkreport

"Adding public transportation from PG County is like inviting a thug into your front door."

Well, it's true.

by Wayne Curry on May 8, 2009 12:32 pm • linkreport

Are people more worried about the handful of "thugs" than the 60,000+ honest people per day who will ride the purple line? Oh yeah, "thugs" can arrive by car as well.

by Steve on May 8, 2009 12:39 pm • linkreport

If that isn't the real Wayne Curry (who was executive of PGC), the name should probably be changed to something more mockable.

If it is, then, wow.

by цarьchitect on May 8, 2009 1:01 pm • linkreport

No self-respecting thug takes mass transit. Why do you think they steal cars in the first place? Because they're tired of waiting for the H2, which is ALWAYS late BTW.

by monkeyrotica on May 11, 2009 7:10 am • linkreport

I couldn't help but comment on the irony of this hed - "Dulles Rail money on the express track" - since there is no plan for express track to Dulles. Despite the sheer physical obviousness of it. 5 miles of cheap, mostly at grade track to bypass Tysons (and a couple of other station bypasses further out) and you get taxi-competitive (30-40 minute) travel times from the District (you even get to run those new-trains-on-new-tracks at their design speed for a bit- heck, you might even be tempted to up that some ...)

by egk on May 11, 2009 7:24 pm • linkreport

RE: the name "Silver Line"--I am a former employee for a large DC area transit authority, and I would like to humbly submit for your consideration: neither WMATA (the system operator) nor MWAA (the builder) nor any governing body has any current or pending plans to name the Dulles/ Orange Line Metrorail extension the "Silver Line." The origin lies with the Washington Post, an arguably "official" source. I am not quibbling with anyone's prerogative to use the term, I just wanted to give you my two cents on the matter. Thanks.

by Chris on May 11, 2009 8:40 pm • linkreport

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