5 Responses to “Myth: Streetcar overheard wires and trees can’t comfortably coexist”


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  1. IMGoph

    thanks so much for writing this! it's fantastic to see good old reason applied to battle the forces of ignorance and outright NIMBYism that is clearly trying to win the day here!

  2. Michael

    San Jose Light Rail

    please delete previous post.

  3. Anonymous

    CHRS is the most NIMBY organization in the city. They oppose anything and everything.

    Honestly, I think I know why they oppose it. They see the line coming from Anacostia across to Barracks Row, and are worrying their asses off about who might ride it. Mark my words, this is why.

  4. Monte Edwards

    I am the author of the piece entitled "Streetcars and Viewsheds" that appears in the November issue of the Hill Rag. I am a member of several community organizations but did not purport to speak for any of them. CHRS was never mentioned in the article.
    Personally I support street cars, with adequate planning
    I support better access to both sides of the Anacostia.
    I also support the preservation of our 120 year old heritage of our view sheds. Washington is a planned city with vital vistas and views that make it unique in the world, and those views are located throughout Washington. Why does the city think neighborhoods are any less important than federal areas when it comes to preserving wire-free views?
    The thrust of my article is that transit improvements, in the form of streetcars, can be realized without sacrificing our planning values because there are alternatives to overhead wiring. My stated conclusion in the article is that a win-win can be achieved by investigating these alternatives

  5. FourthandEye

    @Monte Edwards: Are you not VP of the CHRS which has spoken out against streetcars overhead wires at every chance – including the 11th Street Bridge design?

    As for the idea of wireless streetcar systems… can you point to one modern streetcar system that does not use wires anywhere on it's network? Even Bordeaux France, the poster child for the in-ground APS system, has wires on 3/4 of it's track length. The APS track costs 300% as much as the standard track despite being less reliable. It also would lock the city into using proprietary vendors which would eliminate the ability to obtain competitive pricing.