Sunday, August 26, 2012

Future of Pike Transportation - Autos Vs. Streetcars

Hey, Yupette,

I took your advice and took a vacation, to New York and Ontario. Spent a week in and around lovely Toronto. Yes they have a lots of streetcars. Lots of autos and bicycles. And lots of accidents involving streetcars and autos and bicycles. Lots of bicycle accidents involving streetcar tracks.

Toronto's Yuppie Elite loves streetcars. Love their autos and bicycles too. Do not like buses. Think buses are for minorities and the working class (people who are not part of the so-called "creative class").

Most Toronto residents are not in love with streetcars, want them to be replaced by modern buses. Want shared-street streetcars put underground or in transitways.

Pike's transportation '"future" is lots more 4-wheeled and 2-wheeled  vehicles, fewer buses, more and more streetcars. It's going to be streetcars vs. autos on the Pike.

Peter, Douglas Park

25 Comments:

At 26 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

See the latest from the Federal "Transit" Administration (same FTA that the County is going to for a $75 million grant to build the Pike Trolley Folly)?

FTA just gave a Northern Virginia nanny non-profit a $1 million grant to buy 10 year old used cars to re-sell to the working class who need an auto to commute to jobs that pay a living wage. More cars on the Pike.

 
At 26 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder how badly injured the driver of the Corolla in the photo was?

 
At 26 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if the paint was scratched on the streetcar in the photo?

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google 'Toronto Streetcar Accidents'. Look at the photos.

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the Pike streetcar proponents' transportation and economic analyses include middle class Pike residents who will be driving out of Arlington to jobs that pay a living wage because the employment created by gentrifying the Pike will not pay a living wage?

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the the transportation and economic analyses include the costs of gentrification? Heating, plumbing, AC repair persons driving in from Woodbridge? Residents driving to Tysons to have their vehicles repaired? Residents waiting in line for a half hour to refuel their vehicles?

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Ride an Exercise Bike said...

Bicyclist organizations in Toronto are very concerned about streetcar / bicycle safety. County Board has bought off Arlington's bicyclist organizations, which act like the other non-profit gimme groups.

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Corolla was totaled by a slow speed crash on slippery pavement. Most auto/streetcar crashes in Toronto are as bad or worse.

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmerpig will be outta here in 5 years leaving us to suffer the consequences of his urban village idiocy.

 
At 27 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Zimmerpig will be outta here in 5 years leaving us to suffer the consequences of his urban village idiocy."

That's the truth! This trolley has been "railroaded" (no pun intended) down the throats of the people. ArlNow had something posted about how the "Board" put out a video to "educate" people about the folley-trolley. Apparently, there is still a lot of opposition, to the "enlightened ones" are cranking up the machine to put a spin on how "wonderful" their folley will be. That's the "Arlington Way", baby. Talk a lot of trash about being "open" and "engaging the public" and "listening", etc., etc., then they go right ahead and do what they've already decided they would do any way. And so many "voters" keep voting these characters back into office. You'd think after 15-20 years of the same ole-same ole, even the most ardent worshiper of the "five" would be ready for an overhaul with new faces, new blood, and maybe some folks that would actually give a fig about the good of County in general and not just the developers or the well-to-do elite in Lyon Village, etc.

 
At 28 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmerman's Trolley Folly is a total transportation and environmental rip off of $75 million of our federal tax dollars.

 
At 29 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Future? What Future?

Our so-called "Future" is another 60 million people added to the US population over the next 20 years and added to the 60 million population increase over the past 20 years.

More massive bulldozing of farmland and forests 50-60-70 miles outside Arlington to provide housing, etc., for the middle class that will serve the wants of New Urbanist Yuptards.

When will it end? When Virginia and the USA are one massive social, economic, environmental mess in 2062.

 
At 29 August, 2012 , Anonymous Parent said...

2062 - What disasters await our children and grandchildren? Pretty serious disasters. Summers when the afternoon temps reach 115, winters with ice storm after ice storm, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts. You name it, our kids and grandkids will experience it.

 
At 30 August, 2012 , Anonymous Ted said...

Entire Chesapeake Bay will be a 'dead zone' in 30 years - 2042. Why have these charade 'Save the Bay' events with the likes of Moran and Tejada? Reality is (censored by other local blogs) the shore of the Bay is being paved with McMansions from Havre de Grace to Hampton, and along all the tributaries, Potomac, James, etc. Then there are the cities on the Bay, e.g. Annapolis, Easton, etc. Where's their state-of-the-art wastewater treatment?

 
At 30 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elect Willard "Pave Everything Except Luxury Enclaves" Romney and see what happens.

 
At 30 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Zimmerman, Willard Romney and the rest of the Plutocrats have their Mayberry RFD all ready for them to move to after they retire from making life miserable for us with their greedy and selfish Boomer-Yuptard agendas.

 
At 30 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will retire to suburbs and rural areas that they've already made off limits to smart growth. No bicycles, streetcars, bistros, health clubs, allowed.

 
At 30 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bicyclists in Toronto are furious about streetcar tracks.

 
At 31 August, 2012 , Anonymous Pike Rider said...

Residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Pike Canyon are going to be parks and rec areas for the Pike's future 5500s. Happening already. Parks and Rec just hasn't taken the next step and closed off the streets (aka festival streets and linear parks) yet. Wait 5 years.

 
At 31 August, 2012 , Anonymous Bay is Being Paved said...

Our Future? Boomertard Willy and his Yuptard First Sons inside the Beltway, throwing what's left of EPA under the streetcar.

 
At 31 August, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zimmy will be retired to Mayberry and Douglas Park will ALL be a park, (streets, open space, etc.) for the Pike.

 
At 01 September, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 20 years Douglas Park will ALL be more of the same old same old 5 story condos and apartment buildings Urban Village Idiots like Zimmy are inviting out-of-state-developers to "plan".

 
At 01 September, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does HE care? He has his "gratuities" from developers stashed in off-shore banks, which he visits from time-to-time, courtesy of Arlington's Sister Cities Program.

 
At 01 September, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then there's Nada Tejada, doing his Sister City thing in El Salvador.

 
At 01 September, 2012 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Then there's Libby Garvey, doing her thing in Ecuador, where the U.S. Dollar is the official currency. Go Libby!

 

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