Monday, July 14, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.Where:
Council Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWhat:
Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham is hosting a meeting to discuss questions related to the importance and funding for streetcars from the Anacostia Metro station to Bolling Air Force Base. The meeting will also have implications for streetcar lines on MLK and throughout the city.Hope to see you there!
My personal opinion? While I am completely all for streetcars in every section of this city, and am glad that the plans include tracks over here (part of the reason I moved here), I am not convinced that the Metro to Bolling AFB line is the best first streetcar line. I know that the line will get used, but think that building almost any of the other lines (MLK, for example ...or H Street NE) would be a more guaranteed success that would better show the city the true necessity and success potential of the streetcar investment.
That said, I think that this demonstration line will be among the easiest to build, since some of the tracks already exist and it will mostly follow a path that is very open and available to be built on.