Columbia Pike residents and businesspeople have been waiting since November to hear what’s next after the long-planned Arlington streetcar project was abruptly canceled. What’s next, they learned Thursday night, is more waiting.
A forum on the Pike’s future drew more than 100 people but few answers about how to handle the need for mass transit along Virginia’s busiest bus corridor. The audience, full of people who had worked for years on the streetcar plans, had pointed questions for the panelists, who included County Board member John Vihstadt (I), whose election was the tipping point in the $550 million project’s demise.
Moderator Del. Alfonso H. Lopez (D-Arlington), who represents the area in the Virginia House of Delegates, noted that county leaders had promised a new plan “within weeks, then months and now it’s headed into next year. . . . Promises were made over a 10, 15, 20 year period and our political leaders didn’t stick by those promises in some cases.”
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