Thursday, November 19, 2009

Northern Virginia entities coalesce for streetcar growth

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Virginia’s Arlington and Fairfax counties, outside Washington, D.C., have pursued the Columbia Pike Streetcar plan, a five-mile route expand rail passenger service from Washington Metro’s Pentagon City Station to Bailey’s Crossroads.

Advocates in those two counties have welcomed like-minded voices from the adjacent city of Alexandria, Va., including representatives of Alexandrians Delivering Smart Growth Around Metro Stations (ADAM), to form a new group, the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition.

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The new group reportedly held itsfirst formal meeting Wednesday in Alexandria, with Arlington County Commissioner Chris Zimmerman scheduled to address the gathering. The coalition has created a page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Virginia-Streetcar-Coalition, which includes its mission statement: “[To] investigate feasibility of extending Columbia Pike Streetcar line into Crystal City/Potomac Yards on the east, and into Alexandria on the west.”

Alexandria is an “independent city” with no county affiliation, a status held by other cities in Virginia.