Streetcars help create vibrant urban places with a high quality of life — and less traffic congestion.
- They can move more people than buses – a streetcar vehicle can hold 100% more passengers than a regular bus and 40% more than an articulated bus. Accommodating more people in fewer vehicles is key to keeping traffic moving.
- They cost less to build than subways or even light rail.
- Their electric motors and steel tracks offer a quiet, comfortable ride that encourages more folks to use transit.
- Cities that have built modern streetcar systems have seen an upsurge in private investment in the neighborhoods served.
Why a streetcar system for Arlington?
- Arlington needs to expand its transit system to handle expected growth:
- Arlington’s streetcar system will serve the Columbia Pike and Route 1 corridors - where 65% of the County’s population growth and 44% of employment growth will occur during the next 30 years.
- Arlington’s existing Metrorail, commuter rail and regional/local bus services and facilities cannot meet the transit capacity challenges we face.
- The streetcar system will fill a transit gap for those who live or work or visit Arlington.
- Streetcars reduce the number of cars on the road, contributing to environmental sustainability.