Inter-County Rail Transporation

Julie Stankivic, the Honorable Alderwoman from Annapolis’ 7th Ward, enjoyed publication of a letter to the editor about transporation:


As a resident, and now as an elected official, I continue to
supportrail service among Washington, annapolis and Baltimore.

More of our dollars would be spent on such projects if the county
werereally serious about smart growth.

I continue to be dismayed by plans to bring another thousand
homes toan already congested area in Odenton. Smart Growth should
promoteredevelopment of existing areas, with a reduction in impervious service
andoverall congestion……Another lane just won’t cut it.

Is Ms. Stankivic aligning herself for a run at county council? Eh, that’s too far away to think about–let’s stick to transportation.

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I don’t know much about the Inter-County Connector, but I’m fairly sure that I was under 3 years old when someone first came up with the idea; that about 17 elected officials have promised to fund the project; and that it’s not done. I am actually fond of the idea of being able to take the metro to work (in College Park, from Annapolis), but can you imagine the nightmare of trying to coordinate planning with 2 counties, the District of Columbia, and the City of Annapolis?! Where within the city limits could a station even go?

And then there’s the issue of intra-Annapolis transportation, which Ms. Stankivic can do something about right now. I think most people who pay attention would agree that the city has neglected its duty to support public transportation as well as pedestrian travel, most recently displayed in a bill that effectively denies the public interest in sidewalks.

The alderwoman is right–constantly widening lanes is not the answer, nor can we sustain that forever. But the APFO and focus on solutions in the city are good places to start.

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