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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/19/2010

Arlington, Fairfax seek streetcar funds

By Washington Post editors

Transportation officials from Arlington and Fairfax counties gathered community comments regarding the five-mile Columbia Pike Streetcar plan as they prepare the documentation to apply for federal funding.

The second of two forums this week addressed track alignments, station locations, facilities and how the $160 million project could affect its neighbors. That information will be used to complete the Environmental Assessment required to qualify for federal funds.

The project cost is expected to rise once the assessment is completed by next summer.

Read more on this story at Dr. Gridlock.

The total cost of building the Columbia Pike streetcar system between Arlington and Fairfax counties is still unclear, but if transportation officials want to get a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, they'll have to keep the price tag under $250 million, the Washington Examiner reports.

Current plans, which transit officials presented to the public at two meetings this week, include installing 16 stations along the five-mile stretch of Columbia Pike between Skyline and Pentagon City, with 10 to 14 streetcars running every six minutes. WMATA buses will help ease congestion during peak hours.

Read more about the proposed streetcar system in Arlington and Fairfax in the Washington Examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | November 19, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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