Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Could the railroad come back to Arlandria?

I've heard all sorts of ideas about various transit proposals for Arlandria: monorail, hovercraft, bullet trains, passenger ferry. We'll talk about some of them in the weeks to come. But here's a discussion about bringing back the railroad to the neighborhood.

The W&OD railroad used to make up the southern border of what we now call Arlandria and if you look closely you can still find it's remnants such as this abutment where a rail bridge once crossed Russell Road near West Glebe:

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What would it take? Here's part of the discussion.

Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Last week, Spencer Lepler called for reactivating the Washington & Old Dominion rail line, currently used as a hiker/biker trail. He posits that the W&OD would make an excellent airport-express-type link between Dulles and downtown Washington. He also argues that it would be an excellent addition to our commuter rail system, ferrying Loudounites to their center-city jobs. Is it physically possible to restore some rail service on the W&OD?

See: Could Virginia reactivate the W&OD? at Greater Greater Washington

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