With virtually no opposition and little discussion, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the building of a short segment of the much longer, much more controversial streetcar line that will run from Baileys Crossroads into Arlington and down to the Pentagon.
Arlington’s board unanimously approved their 4.5-mile route along Columbia Pike last week, in a 1:30 a.m. vote after hours of public discussion and plenty of opposition. Fairfax’s segment is less than a mile, beginning on the south side of Leesburg Pike in the Skyline area, then running along South Jefferson Street between two large strip malls, and connecting with Columbia Pike at the county line. Corinne Reilly, our new Fairfax County government reporter, has the full details here. No completion date for all this is known yet.
The streetcar, to run in existing traffic lanes with rails and overhead wires, is part of Fairfax’s plan to turn Baileys Crossroads into a mixed-use town center, with “offices, homes, parks, stores and more,” according to the county. (Mixed-use is everywhere these days, isn’t it? My mixed-use back yard is a place where both children play and many varieties of grass go to die.)
At top is an artist’s rendition of what Baileys Crossroads, as a mixed-use town center, looks like in the hopes of Fairfax County planners. Below is a map of the plan, with the streetcar line in blue. If it's too small, here’s a link to it.