According to the June 26 Metro article “Streetcar plan remains a dividing line in N.Va.,” Virginia is joining the dash for federal funds for public transportation. Fairfax and Arlington counties, as did Portland, Ore., believe that such an initiative will make them more desirable to businesses and bring in revenue. And in some ways, this analysis could make sense.
Build a streetcar line, and businesses will want to be near it to gain the consumers using the rail. The problem is, this hasn’t worked in the real world — at least, not in Portland.