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After streetcar plan defeat, Arlington looks to better buses

Posted on November 25, 2014

Rendering of proposed streetcar project.
Rendering of proposed streetcar project.
ARLINGTON, Va. — Last week, Arlington County, Va., abruptly canceled a proposed five-mile streetcar line on Columbia Pike that was years in the making, citing the high cost to operate streetcars alongside cars in mixed traffic, CityLab reported.

Board Member Libby Garvey tells CityLab she's very eager to improve local transit and hopes the county wastes no time advancing plans for a low-cost, bus-rapid transit-style alternative.

Arlington already evaluated a potential enhanced-bus line for Columbia Pike, back in 2012, as a possible alternative to the streetcar.

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