Arlington County Board Plans March 27 Streetcar Town Hall

  • Community Q & A on streetcar plans
  • Focus on Columbia Pike streetcar
  • County to offer detailed update

ARLINGTON, Va. – All five Arlington County Board members plan to attend the Board’s Streetcar Town  Hall meeting, scheduled on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:46 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School. The town hall is open to the public – no registration is necessary. At least half the session will be devoted to questions and answers.

“This important town hall will be devoted to updating the community on our planned streetcar system, talking about next steps and answering questions,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “We’ll talk about the years of community planning that preceded the Board’s decision to build streetcar lines on Route 1 and along Columbia Pike, how we plan to pay for streetcars and how streetcars fit in with the community’s vision for these two very important corridors.”

The Streetcar Town Hall is one in a series of town halls planned this year by the County Board, at locations across the County.  Unlike the other town halls, however, this one involves all the members of the County Board and is devoted to a single topic. Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish and in English.

To view the agenda for the Streetcar Town Hall, visit the County website.

Background

The Arlington County Board has voted twice – in 2006 and again, in 2012, for a streetcar as the preferred transit alternative on Columbia Pike. The streetcar will run 4.9 miles down the Pike, from Pentagon City to the Skyline area of Fairfax County. The County has applied for federal funding through the Federal Transportation Administration’s Small Starts/New Starts program to help fund the streetcar. The Columbia Pike streetcar will be built in partnership with Fairfax County.

Arlington County also is planning a streetcar line from Pentagon City to Crystal City, along the Route 1 corridor.

To learn more about the County’s planned modern streetcar system, visit the County website.

 

 

Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

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