Everybody has transit fever
Finally, we seem to be getting serious about building an infrastructure that does not require everyone to sit in congested traffic for every trip of every day. It's cause to be optimistic about our future as a great metropolis.
Now here's the even better news: We're not alone.
All the large cities in Maryland and Virginia are doing the same. Baltimore is working on a new cross town rail line that will be in a subway through downtown. Norfolk is constructing its first light rail line, which will open next year. Richmond is planning a bus rapid transit line. Even Charlottesville and Roanoke have considered streetcars in recent years.
And it doesn't end there. Large cities all over America are building new transit systems. It's happening not only in the older cities, but in places that as recently as a couple of decades ago wouldn't have dreamed of building rail.
It's enough that one national transportation blog has deemed what is going on The Transit Space Race. If so, it's a race with all winners and no losers, as every one of these cities will be better with transit than without it.
It's awesome to see the D.C. region investing in its future, but it's even better to see the pattern extend across our great country. Good work, America. Let's keep it up.
| June 3, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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