Friday, July 13, 2012

Derailments, Prolonged Power Outages Make Streetcars An Even Worse Alternative


Hello, Yupette,

I have been looking at the four options for transit on the Pike, same bus service, improved bus service, articulated buses, streetcars, and streetcars make no sense at all.

No one has even spoken about derailments and prolonged power outages. It's a huge operation to get a derailed streetcar back on the rails, the Pike would be closed in both directions for many hours.

If there were a prolonged loss of power, and this could occur for a number of reasons, streetcars would be immobilized, possibly for days. It would take hours for power to be restored if an overhead wire providing power to streetcars were to be damaged.

I've looked at cities that have had streetcars for decades (like Toronto) and many residents of these cities are exasperated at the problems streetcars cause.

It's beyond me why anyone with common sense would want an expensive and antiquated mode of transportation in a high density corridor with a high volume of pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle traffic.

Pike Rider

24 Comments:

At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have no common sense in county government. What we have are elected and appointed shills for out-of-state developers.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streetcars would be powered by power from nuclear reactors and from burning mountaintop coal.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"We have no common sense in county government. What we have are elected and appointed shills for out-of-state developers."

Ain't that the truth!

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we also have is a H-U-G-E economic development and planning bureaucracy in county government that markets our residential neighborhoods as "redevelopment opportunities" across the United States and Canada.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Said it before, County Manager, Economic Development Director, and CPHD Director live in the outer suburbs of Fairfax County.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't get to treat blacked out traffic lights like 4-way stop signs with streetcars.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who posts the dumbass comments on Arl Now (besides County employees)? The TDY contractors and military the County Board is redeveloping the Pike to accommodate.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seen the Post Metro Section today? Mary Hynes continues Zimmerman's 'safety last' transportation agenda at WMATA.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Penrose Square is a f-ing ZOO. Pimps, Hoes, TDY military, TDY contractors, f-ing 24/7/365 Party Zone thanks to the County Board and CPRO.

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous 5500 said...

5500? LOL !

 
At 13 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Zimmerman's, Hynes's tenure at WMATA is all about Metrorail station cosmetics and bringing more people onto a rail transit system that's already at capacity.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff, besides the a-holes who post comments on Arl Now who are county employees, want to know where the rest of the a-holes who post comments on Arl Now live?

The TDY Party Zones the County Board created on the Pike, Clarendon, Rosslyn, Ballston.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPRO knows all about the hoes on the Pike.

What kind of 'culture' are we creating anywhere in Arlington that's being re-developed? An upscale restaurant and retail culture?

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPRO is the worst. Every neighborhood along the Pike a 'redevelopment opportunity'.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you! In a similar vein, http://pikespotter.com/ has some great posts on this issue.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When County Manager Barbara Donnellan, who lives in historic Clifton, was approached about being named County Manager, first thing out of her mouth was "As long as I don't have to move to Arlington".

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No we are creating a fraternity and sorority culture - Dekes and Tekes.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pen Rose Square = Phi Rho Sigma

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know long it would take to remove a derailed streetcar from the Pike in even a minor derailment? Try...all day.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pimps and Hos are all over the County, the Pike, Clarendon, Crystal City, Shirlington. We have major league prostitution in this county.

 
At 14 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transients? Try the county board and the upper level management in county government. They are outta here within 5 years.

 
At 15 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Power Outage? You mean like the big power outage that hit the Pike in Annandale this afternoon?

 
At 16 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how long it took the power to come back on in Annandale?

 
At 16 July, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Las Vegas articulated bus an alien spacecraft? No one in the Arlington government or the local media wants to show a photo of it.

 

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