Comments on: Moving the Capital: Public Transit in Washington, D.C. Branding for Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Non-Profits, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Planning Companies Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:12:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Raghu Krishnan Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:33:04 +0000 As a non resident I won’t pretend to know the details on ground for how local residents would use a bus versus a streetcar. But…from a conceptual standpoint, buses can be very fast especially if there are bus only lanes. With streetcars the tracks can be designed in such a way they function as a loop or one single line with two tracks to handle two way traffic. It’s a greener method of transport since hybrid or fully electric buses might have a hefty price tag. And the thing with buses is that not only do buses need maintenance but so do roads. Neither one is completely immune to breaking, cracking and in need of shutdowns for proper repairs. Needless to say that trams and tracks will too but I feel roads can break down much faster from weather related issues. Also, having a permanent fixture like tracks is visually appealing for businesses and residents. It will promote new construction and most likely be called gentrification but if it serves the need to make problem areas safer and better then that’s good. And with streetcars, more cars can be added to one tram versus a bus will have a finite load of passengers. As these neighborhoods burgeon with more residents a streetcar will adapt to the change. Buses will eventually create a bottle neck, even with bus only lanes. In any case, I enjoyed the article and wish the city all the best in deciding the future.