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Streetcars Coming to Alexandria Too?


Coming to a D.C. street near you: Washington's streetcars are on their way from the Czech Republic.

Everyone's jumping on the bandwagon now. D.C.'s getting streetcar lines, as are Arlington and Fairfax, and now a group of Alexandria residents is hoping the idea will catch on there too.

Last night, an Alexandrian group promoting smart growth launched a new initiative called the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. They envision the Arlington streetcar extending into Alexandria and would like the city to order a feasibility study.

"There are three possibilities for extending the streetcar line into Alexandria: just into Potomac Yard, both at Potomac Yard and into NOVA and Mark Center, or all of the above connecting east and west with an extension down Duke Street along the designated rapid transit lane. This last alternative would create a loop facilitating the operation of the streetcar line as the cars would not have to turn around," the group writes on their website.

This particular coalition is part of a larger umbrella organization called ADAM: Alexandrians Delivering smart growth Around Metro stations, which has been around for a couple of years. According to the Washington Business Journal, the streetcar group formed in August. "[Northern Virginia Community College] is a sponsor of the group and obviously wants to be a stop along a future line. Other sponsors include The JBG Companies and architectural and engineering firm HDR Inc," the Business Journal writes.

Photo from District Department of Transportation Facebook page.

  • Former Staffer

    Is three streetcars really enough? Why do I sense a DCDOT Fail coming?

  • http://www.atuonline.org Bud Miller

    In light of Alexandria's budget issues, there are two obvious questions:

    1. How much is this going to cost?
    2. How is this going to be paid for?

  • Stinkoman

    Refresh my memory, when did N.E. DC ask for street cars?

  • Bandwagon

    Bandwagon for streetcars forming in Alexandria?

    Ehhhhhhh, Not so much......

    Looks more like recently defeated City Councilman "Tiny" Tim Lovain is looking for a new power base after he was rejected by the Voters.