Columbia Pike streetcar plans take shape
The Columbia Pike Transit Initiative is a proposal to bring a streetcar line along a five-mile stretch between the Baileys Crossroads and Skyline area in Fairfax and Pentagon City in Arlington. Stops would be between half and one-fourth of a mile a part.
On Monday, dozens of people attended a public meeting in Falls Church to hear more about the streetcar project, which is being led by Arlington and Fairfax counties and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. At the meeting, officials announced their plan to apply for a small starts grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for the streetcar.
To help facilitate the project and the area's redevelopment, Arlington County recently took control of Columbia Pike from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The streetcar is also a vital component of Fairfax's long-term plans to redevelop 530 acres near Leesburg Pike and Columbia Pike into a town center-style neighborhood with tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, and clusters of apartments and offices above retail stores. The densest development would be in areas near the streetcar stops.
The streetcar's proposed route would run from Pentagon City on South 12th Street, South Hayes Street and Army Navy Drive to South Joyce Street, along Columbia Pike to the Arlington and Fairfax County line and then along South Jefferson Street to Skyline.
Officials are also considering an extension to the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, which could also be the site of the streetcar's maintenance facility.
Metro's involvement is part of a plan to extend the reach of trips involving Metro and to supplement crowded routes, in part, as it notes in a presentation, because "MetroRail will be maxed out by 2013."
The corridor is already a high-transit area with about 15,000 bus riders per day. About 16 percent of households do not have a car.
Another meeting for Arlington residents is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Walter Reed Community Center at 2909 16th St. South in Arlington.
| November 16, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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