Arlington Heights Civic Association
April 23, 2006
The Honorable Christopher Zimmerman
Chairman, Arlington County Board
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
Dear Mr. Zimmerman,
At its April 18, 2006 meeting, the Arlington Heights Civic Association passed a resolution supporting the choice of the modified streetcar alternative as the preferred transit alternative for Columbia Pike. We had a very lively discussion of this topic in which many members voiced their support, citing such positive factors as increased transit capacity, a reduction in pollution, the creation of increased incentives for economic development, pedestrian friendliness, and the ability of bus riders from Fairfax to continue on rather than being forced to transfer. However, several concerns were also raised during the discussion, including the cost, impact on parking, reliability, effect on bicyclists, and the lack of dedicated travel lanes. Some members expressed a need for more information on these issues. Despite these concerns, a strong majority voted eighteen to six in favor of supporting the modified streetcar alternative as the preferred transit alternative. A follow-on resolution was also passed, requesting that further investigations of the transit alternative look for all means possible to mitigate or eliminate any negative safety impacts on bicyclists and other pedestrians such as wheelchair users.
There was clear support for choosing the modified streetcar alternative. At the same time, it was also clear that our members would like to stay engaged and informed as future study of the chosen alternative continues. We request that the county continues to keep us informed as the details are elucidated and decisions arise concerning the future of transit on Columbia Pike.
President, Arlington Heights Civic Association
3313 5th St South
Arlington, VA 22204