Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Fairfax County Supervisors to Rubber Stamp Streetcar Charade Today
Fairfax County is set to rubber stamp its part of the Pike streetcar charade today, Skyline. As an 'action item', meaning no public comments allowed. The REITs, developers, and transportation consultants who want to redevelop Route 7 are very happy..
Having the streetcar go to Skyline will be a major engineering and construction operation, costing about $50 million. Compared to a few million required to make Skyline compatible with articulated buses. And no cost to have modern city bus upgrades, beyond purchasing the city buses.
But the Pike streetcar was never about transportation, it's all about development and redevelopment.