All About Yuppie Arlington
posted by Arlington Yupette @ 2:01 PM
They all believe Global Warming is for real, except when it comes to preparing for the consequences of Global Warming. Yes, Zimmerman should retire.
Wait till August. We'll have 3 months hot as hell with no rain and then a Cat 4 hurricane will come right up the Bay.
Transportation System? WHAT transportation system? Metro rail is obsolete, overcrowded, unsafe. Every other transit system with shared street light rail is removing the tracks and going to bus rapid transit. Arlington is narrowing an already congested arterial (Columbia Pike) and installing light rail.Zimmerman voted to install massive traffic calming via street narrowing and voted to approve the creation of tens of thousands of new parking spaces via site plans for buildings including 300-600 parking spaces. Which also caused a big increase in on-street parking.Traffic mitigation? Ride your bicycle everywhere, winter, spring, summer, fall. LOL
Why do the local media keep supporting Zimmerman? I hold the Post, Sun-Gazette, News-Press, Connection Newspapers, etc., largely responsible for the sad state of WMATA. Especially the Post, which ran article after article about WMATA's deficiencies. When will Zimmerman and other WMATA board member be held responsible by the media?
The local media don't want to offend anyone who's part of the status quo. However the local media either ignore or trash anyone who offers solutions to longstanding problems. Latest was Green Party's candidate for County Board last year.
Jim Graham should also retire from WMATA.
MetroRail was, in fact, designed to serve a low-density urban-suburban area in the Sun Belt where it never snows and seldom rains. For decades WMATA has been spending huge amounts of money attempting to ameliorate basic design deficiencies in MetroRail, whether the lack of canopies over stations or the unsuitability of the rail cars for high passenger volume during adverse weather.
Worst design deficiency is it's a 2-track system. WHY didn't WMATA learn from the Orange, and Blue lines when it built the Green Line, rail to Dulles, etc.?
It' fascinating to do a Google search on Breda, the company that designed and built the DC metrorail cars. This company (headquartered in Milan) once designed aircraft that literally flew as well as chickens.
Current thinking (but not by WMATA) is that there has to be surface transit that parallels Metrorail and is capable of transporting lots of people during rush hours without traffic delays.
See the Wikipedia article abut the Breda BA.88
Solve the Pike transportation problem - put double deck hybrid or CNG-powered buses on the Pike.
LOL the Wash Post front page article about Metro today (February 21st). Post is clueless about the source of Metrorail problems. Which is - Metrorail was designed 40-something years ago to be used in a low density urban area and sprawl suburban area using light duty rail cars to carry a couple hundred thousand passengers each day. Period.Wash Post reporters and editors should Google and research Breda (which designed the actual Metrorail rail system) before they write anything more that is clueless about Metro.Chris Zimmerman is an urban village idiot who is only competent to be a house husband, like the other present and past male County Board members.
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