Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New North-South DC Streetcar Could Almost Reach Montgomery County

If you, like me, often end up in downtown Silver Spring for various amenities (splash fountain, yoga studios, organic groceries, etc.), you may be interested to learn that DC is building a streetcar from downtown to...possibly Silver Spring.  It could end in Takoma, so we all need to voice our concern that Alternative 1 or 4 be chosen so it goes all the way to Silver Spring.

The DC government is having community meetings this week to discuss the 4 route options.  2 of the 4 make it to the DC/MD border at Georgia Ave/Blair Rd/Eastern Ave.  The other 2 poop out at Butternut Street near Takoma Park.

We Wheatonites and Silver Springers should tell them the need for the line to go all the way to Silver Spring.  There are multiple buses between Wheaton and Silver Spring but no direct buses between Wheaton and Takoma Park, plus Silver Spring is 2 miles closer to home if we want to bike or drive to catch the streetcar.  It would be an easy option for us to get to the U Street area and the Mall, among other places.

Here is the meeting schedule. This Thursday's "North" meeting is the closest to Wheaton, near Missouri Ave/Military Rd and Georgia Ave. As John Oliver said "seize your moment, my lovely trolls" and tell them our needs. 

Monday, June 9, 2014; 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm (already passed, sorry. I found out about this today at DCist.)
Presentations at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Banneker Recreation Center
2500 Georgia Ave NW

Tuesday, June 10, 2014; 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm (tonight!)
Presentations at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
DCRA- 2nd Floor Community Room
1100 4th St SW

Thursday, June12, 2014; 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm (this Thursday!)
Presentations at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Emery Recreation Center
5701 Georgia Ave NW

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