Modern Streetcars are Coming to Town: Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition Hosts Preview of Transportation Solutions for Northern Virginia
by David Versel
On October 24, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm, Northern Virginia residents and businesses are invited to hear about the dawn of a new era in efficient, quiet, and environmentally-friendly transportation. The DC Streetcar system is about to debut with starter lines on H Street NE and in Anacostia, and will soon grow to a 22-mile system in the District of Columbia. In Northern Virginia, the Columbia Pike and Crystal City lines are in the planning stages, and studies are exploring additional routes.
The Columbia Pike line will initially take passengers from Pentagon City to the edge of the NOVA-Alexandria Campus. The Crystal City line will run to the Alexandria city limits and perhaps to the soon-to- be constructed Metro stop in Potomac Yard.
The Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition and the Del Ray Business Association are hosting a meeting to highlight the role modern streetcars can play in our transportation options. No longer a technology of the past, modern streetcars will have a positive role in our region’s growth and economic development. Speakers include:
- Thomas Perry, Program Manager for DC Streetcar
- Lee Perna, historian of the Del Ray neighborhood
- Tim Lovain, Alexandria City Council member and founder of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition
- Hon. Walter Tejada, Chair of the Arlington County Board.
Dr. Jimmie McClellan, President of NVSC and Dean of Liberal Arts at the Alexandria Campus of NOVA, will serve as moderator. “The streetcar is the proven technology of our grandparents and the best hope for our grandchildren to have clean, efficient, and safe urban transportation,” Dean McClellan said.
The meeting is free of charge and open to the general public. No rsvp required.
Event Location, Date and Time
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 1701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria
October 24, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm
About the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition
The Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition is a grass-roots membership organization conducting education and advocacy in support of a connected network of streetcars serving Northern Virginia. Additional information may be found on our Facebook page or on www.novastreetcar.com.
Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition
3349 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314