Monday, June 01, 2009

Rail Service

I'm by no means a car hater, but I do like public transportation. Living in DC was made infinitely easier (usually) by the use of an affordable bus and subway.

Con: I'd love to see a train to NYC, but honestly, I don't know how much I'd use it. When I want to go to the city, either for work or pleasure, a 2-hour bus ride isn't too bad, and for less than 40 bucks, Bieber Tourways delivers me directly. I doubt I would take a train to Philadelphia, because I don't think you can get around Philly very easily without a car (Anneke, please chime in).

Pro: When new stations were added to the DC Metro, a veritable explosion of economic development occurred around them - condos, apartments, parking garages, Starbucks, bus depots, you get the idea. We lived almost right on top of a stop in the northwest part of the city, and there wasn't a square inch that was not developed and/or leased within 10 blocks. Hot property. And, tourists from Jersey and New York would visit the Valley for our casino, and Christkindlmarkt (oh wait... they already do). :)

What do you think we need? Trains? Bus? People movers?

Random aside: I can't stand the word "gauging," as in "gauging support." Sounds painful.

3 comments:

  1. I would love to see rail return. It will spur economic growth but it can also truly spread the visibility of our area and further that same growth. Heck, I would love to see some trolleys bopping around again.

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  2. I posted this same question on the Lehigh Valley PA facebook page, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

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  3. I am not a huge highway fan and I would love love love to see rail service in the Valley! I drive to Lansdale to take the train into Philly and a taxi to the Art Museum. It's a great adventure! I would like to see a train just to get across the Valley.

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