- At the NOVA Streetcar Coalition meeting. Curious to see what they're going to put out.
- Abi Lerner (Alex): CCPY transitway needs to be done in a coordinated fashion btwn Alex & Arlington.
- Curbside or medianside? (medianside chosen for Route 1 part of CCPY)
- Beauregard/Mark Center-BRAC: connect to Columbia Pike?
- Alex. priority is CCPY/Rte 1 first, then Beauregard/Van Dorn 2nd, then Duke St 3rd.
- How to accommodate future conversion to streetcar without creating environmrntal impact & preserve flexibility for Federal funding?
- Alexandria wants to further study future conversions to streetcars before making a final decision.
- *NO* intent in Alexandria to go with overhead wires.
- Arlington: mention of 15K/day bus ridership on Columbia Pike.
- Relating Columbia Pike Streetcar project to Federal policy vision of current administration.
- Arlington to initiate Federal New Starts process for Columbia Pike soon.
- Arlington County plan (approved by board as policy) to increase Crystal City density by 68% over today.
- Arlington has $6M in grants to build their segment of CCPY transitway.
- Arlington doesn't think there's a viable alternative to overhead wires yet. Still looking to pursue overhead wires.
- FFX Co def of major transit corridor is basically "major public transit facility (which may be HOV lanes) provided based on alternatives analysis
- FFX Co Board endorsed long-term goal of rail on I-66 west of Vienna.
- Plan to build bus ramp from 66 HOV lane to Vienna station.
- If 28 gets widened, would likely include HOV lanes. Other transit modes unclear/unstudied.
- FFX comp plan endorses 176' ROW for Rte 1, preserves ROW for LRT in median.
- No LRT envisioned along 95/395.
- Mention that 1/3 of inbound 66 traffic in morning is heading to Tysons.
- MWCOG: big on projects that provide connectivity btwn systems. Mentions 43% of Purple Line users predicted to xfer to/from Metro.
- Ron Kirby (MWCOG) must've been around for awhile. He called it Shirley Hwy instead of I-395.
- NVTC: NOVA transit ridership up 3% in FY 2009 over 2008.
- NVTC: FY 10 transit in NOVA cost $700M. 65% local (including fares), 20% state, 15% Federal.
- NVTC: per state statutes, VA supposed to cover 95% of transit costs not covered by fares or Feds. They obviously fall far short.
April 22, 2010
NOVA Streetcar Meeting quicknotes
Just got back home from the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition meeting. Will post a more fleshed-out article either tomorrow or over the weekend, but for now, here's the collection of Tweets I made from the meeting...you'll catch the basic gist from these.