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Arlington, Alexandria Leaders To Discuss Transportation Challenges

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The top-ranking politicians from Arlington and Alexandria will be getting together later today for a rare joint meeting on local transportation issues.

The revitalization of Crystal City, Potomac Yard and Columbia Pike will be on the agenda this evening when the Arlington County Board meets the Alexandria City Council for a work session.

This is the first meeting of the two local governmental bodies in recent memory, and there's much to discuss. The Crystal City area, which sits near the border of Arlington and Alexandria, is set to lose tens of thousands of jobs next year once the army's Base Realignment and Closure process finishes. This sudden job shift poses major transportation challenges for the Northern Virginia region.

There's also been talk of creating a streetcar line on Arlington's Columbia Pike that could extend into Old Town Alexandria. The topic of restoring Four Mile Run--the stream that serves as a natural border between the two communities and has been damaged by pollution--is on the table as well.

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