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This coming Monday, the Arlington County Board will vote to either approve or reject the Columbia Pike streetcar.

The board will select a preferred alternative from among the options considered in its alternatives analysis. The other options are to run more buses, or do nothing.

The streetcar option is Arlington’s best choice. It will redevelop Columbia Pike into a walkable urban neighborhood, it will increase transit ridership far beyond the bus options, and it is affordable.

Tell the Arlington County Board to choose streetcars for Columbia Pike. Send an email to the whole board, or to each of the 5 individual board members.

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Michael Perkins blogs about Metro operations and fares, performance parking, and any other government and economics information he finds on the Web. He lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.