Friday, July 1, 2016

Garvey at County Board Transportation CIP Work Session: Silent About BRT on the Pike


Hello:

AY sent a correspondent to cover the County Board's Transportation CIP Work Session this week. The topic of transit service on Columbia Pike came up repeatedly. County Board Member Christian Dorsey dememaded higher capacity rush-hour transit service on the Pike. County Trasnportation Staff responded: 'Don't worry, be happy, plenty of excess capacity if everyone moves to the center of the bus'.

Insofar as bus rapid transit and double deck buses on the Pike, the County Board went along with County Transportation Staff's disapproval. County Board Chair Libby Garvey didn't mention bus rapid transit, articlulated buses, double deck buses, anything besides County Transportation Staff's recommendation that the County purchase new 40-foot buses, paint them blue, and designate them 'premium service' on various routes. Oh, same old lies from County Transportation Staff that a double deck bus won't fit under the new Washington Boulevard - Columbia Pike bridge which has over 17 feet of clearance over the Pike. Same old lies from County Transportation Staff that BRT 'won't work' on the Pike. Same old County Transportation Staff that throws cold water over traffic mitigation (except for bicycles) after including thousands of new vehicle parking spaces concomitant with new office and residential mixed-use site plans every year

So, after months of lobbying for bus rapid transit on the Pike two years ago, Libby Garvey is settling for premium Metrobus service by 2019. That's what we get for re-electing Democrats to the County Board -- more of the same-old, same-old.

Cindy

56 Comments:

At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why no doble deck buses on the Pike? I see double deck tour buses everywhere else.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, clearance on the Pike under Wash. Blvd. is over 17 feet.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What this tells me - they're saving money to spend on the gondola from vibrant Rosslyn to vibrant Georgetown.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also no mention of the proposed bus rapid transit in Alexandria and along Route 7. The Alexandria BRT was intially planned to come down Beauregard Street - Walter Reed Drive to Shirlington.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the Pike is being repaved.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No mention of massive Smart Growth mixed-use redevelopment of Bailey's, Seven Corners, Annandale just approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doen't beliee or trust County Transportation Staff. Same old same old here as at WMATA. Time for a RIF and/or early retirements.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. There is no comprehensive traffic impact analysis for site plams, let alone for sector plans. Meaning the impacts of hundreds of additional pedestrians, motor vehicles, and bicycles trying to use the same streets and sidewalks at the same time.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Economic Development is sponsoring the Gondola Forum on July 7th.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also at CB CIP Transportation Work Session -- County is significantly behind on street repaving.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car Free Diet? Last County Board meeting County Board approved three vibrant mixed use site plans with 686 condos and apartments and 928 parking spaces.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fire Victor Hoskins and do a 20% RIF of Economic Development Staff. What else do they do except hand out corporate and non-profit welfare checks?

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay tuned for the $250 million Arlington Convention Center in Potomac Yards.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait till you see now much money they pee away making Rosslyn into an upscale hedonist enclave.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out beautiful downtown Annapolis if you want to see where Rosslyn is headed.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Government is already peeing hundreds of thousands away on Rosslyn waterfront design, check out the exhibit in the lobby at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gondola will connect vibrant LGBT Georgetown luxury enclave with vibrant LGBT Rosslyn luxurty enclave. Former Mayor of DuPont Circle Carole Mitten was hired as Deputy County Manager for Upscale Hedonization.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to end these ongoing charades and total waste of tax dollars? Elect Audrey Clement to the County Board in November.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to be really appalled? Check out the County Board's CIP work session with Parks and Rec.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Gourmet Jay runs for another term it will because he would spend his next term in office completely making over Arlington into an urban and upscale LGBT enclave.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the charm with Georgetown? It's been an overcrowded tourist trap for at least 40 years.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When does my crumbling road get repaved?

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous GU '75 said...

Georgetown was a zoo 40 years ago and it's a zoo today. Why does Arlington want to connect with that?

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington's vibrant Economic Development Director, Victor Hoskins, lives in vibrant Georgetowne and wants to commute to his vibrant luxury office suite in vibrant Ballston via a vibrant Gondola connecting to vibrant revitalized Metrorail. That's why.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

State-of-the-art BRT vehicles, aka articulated buses, can literally turn on a dime. Arlington's so-called "transportation planners" should be given early retirement.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Blogger StuAtTransiters said...

I'm new here and a little concerned about the fact that all comments are from Anonymous ... it's not very interesting to me if there is only one person here (we could correspond directly) and people will say non-constructive things anonymously that they wouldn't say if we knew they were.

Anyway, Transiters.com, a transit advocacy group, works to promote more and better transit -- read our comments on 6/17 at http://www.transiters.com/blog/northernvirginiashouldimprovetheworstperformingtransportationservicesfirst to the NVTAuthority opposing plans to build 50 miles of new highway on I66 because the project is transit-inadequate.

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, where have you and your group been for the past 35 years while Arlington's been run and ruined by the New Urbanists, starting with Ellen Bozman?

 
At 01 July, 2016 , Anonymous Also Anonymous said...

And John Milliken, and Al Eisenberg, and Mary Margaret Whipple..etc.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Pike Rider said...

Not interested in going along with the program. People who do the Smart Growth "planning" only listen to each other. They won't even test double deck buses and BRT on the Pike.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had it with Libby Garvey and all the other Democrat politricksters. I'm voting for the Independent candidate for County Board (Audrey Clement) as I did last year and in 2014.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are so lame. After three decades of building an oversupply of expensive commercial office space they are now building an oversupply of expensive residential apartments and condos.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another transit organization that did and said nothing while Metrorail - literally - crashed and burned. Never mind 6 years ago, where were all these transit advocates 6 months ago?

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of COURSE almost everyone posts as Anonymous on AY. The Regime is so corrupt who wants to use an ID that will allow the urban village idiot Zimmycrats to guess who is posting comments here?

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Motto of the transit advocacy groups: "Everyone move to the center of the bus". Alternatively: "Use the front and rear cars of the train".

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous dave schutz said...

Wikipedia suggests you are right about seventeen feet being plenty of height for double deckers: " The maximum permissible length of a rigid double-decker bus and coach in the UK is 15.0 metres (49 ft 3 in), and although there are no theoretical restrictions on height, coaches are normally built to 4.38 metres (14 ft 4 in) high, while 'highbridge' buses are normally about 20 centimetres (8 in) taller."

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the underpass was constructed to accommodate streetcars with overhead power wires connected to insulators connected to the ceiling of the underpass.

BRT and double deck buses got thrown under the Rosslyn-Georgetown gondola done-deal.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Know what sucks?...County Board won't even run a test double-deck bus on the Pike.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone's energy is going to hyping the gondola.

I also have had enough of Lyin' Libby.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - They all listen to Victor Hoskins and do whatever he tells them.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Blogger StuAtTransiters said...

Why is the moderator blocking my comments?

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neverland-on-the-Potomac? Check out their plans for the North Rosslyn Waterfront.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe because Metrorail riders are tired of do-nothing transit activists who use blogs as a forum for their do-nothing prognostications.

I gotta agree. Where were the transit activists when Metrorail was crashing and burning? Are the transit activists even able to lobby to get the trains and stations cleaned once in 40 years?

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transit activists were and are anti-safety and for decades vocally demanded high-tech passenger amenities from WMATA, which WMATA provided rather than focusing on basic maintenance and upgrades.

 
At 02 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are the trains and stations still dirty?

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets worse. Did the real estate trusts, real estate brokers, chambers of commerce, corporations, individuals who live in Metrorail corridors, politicians appointed to the WMATA Board who approved site plans in Metroerail corridors ever do anything over 40 years to significantly improve the overall safety and appearance of the system?

Another reason New Urbanism sucks.Everything is allowed to deteriorate until it becomes totally shabby and needs massive renovation or replacement.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Mr. Smart Growth, Chris Zimmerman, ever did when he was on the WMATA Board was make excuses for derailments, track fires, etc. while lobbying for expensive passenger amenities.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After many breakdowns of escalators at Metrorail stations caused by rain and smow canopies were finally installed over escalators.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Classic New Urbanist 3 Step:

Allow infrastructure to deteriorate over decades;

Point to the deteriorated state of the infrastructure;

Invite real estate trusts, planning consultants, developers, to replace deteriorated infrastructure with upscale mixed-use in-fill redevelopment with the developers and REITs receiving massive public subsidies.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were the 500 'surplus' WMATA employees who are being laid off doing at 'work' for the past decade?

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to read anything more from jive turkey "transit activists".

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, all the time Chris Zimmerman was on the WMATA Board every time there was a train derailment he made an excuse.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second that New Urbanism sucks.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transit activists should buy $100 worth of buckets, sponges and liquid cleaning detergent and have at 40 years of dirt, grease, and grime built up at Metro stations.

 
At 03 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second that also.

 
At 04 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County is behind on street paving, replacing old street lights, street trees are poorly maintained or not maintained. But always plenty of $$$ for a vanity gondola transitway.

 
At 06 July, 2016 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest from Liberal Libby: Bus Thrown Under Gondola

 

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