Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Extremism in Transport
A pair of transportation corridors near and within the U.S. Capital attest to the ideological extremism in transportation policy advocacy.
Cases in Point:
Virgina's Dulles Corridor and Washington, D.C.'s NE Red Line
12 vehicular lanes
0 rail tracks
4 rail tracks (2 WMATA and 2 MARC/CSX)
0 vehicular lanes- a few service roads which are non continious.
One would think that a more balanced and mult-model approach would be to yes add a WMATA transit line along the Dulles corridor, and yes add a highway along the Metropolitan Branch corridor- while acknowledging the greater needs of the latter for environmental mitigation.
Many oppose adding a rail line - and they call themselves pro-road.
And few dare support adding a freeway link- and they call themselves pro-urban providing no continious link freeway alternative to surface streets.
I've had the thought that some of the pro-highway people oppose Dulles rail out of resentment that I-95 through Washington D.C. was never completed; yet reletively few of these people dare complain about the lack of a continious DC I-95