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Fairfax County Approves Streetcar Line Along Columbia Pike Corridor

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The development of a streetcar line along the Columbia Pike corridor in Fairfax County, was approved by the county's Board of Supervisors by a 7 -2 vote Wednesday.

The project is a joint effort between Fairfax and Arlington - which approved the project last week - and calls for a 4.9 mile line that would start in Pentagon City and end in the Skyline area.

"We need to get it to Skyline, prove its viability, and then expand it," Fairfax Supervisor Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason), whose district includes Fairfax's part of the route, told The Washington Post. "This has a lot of potential."

The cost for the project is expected to be close to $250 million with one third of it coming from federal and state funds.

"The streetcar will relieve congestion and present economic development opportunities for the Skyline area and serve a population with the demonstrated support and need for transit," said Sharon Bulova, Fairfax Board chairwoman, according to ARL now.

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