Proposed Columbia Pike Streetcar Taking Center Stage In Arlington Special Election

by Kris Ankarlo

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Columbia Pike streetcar is one of the defining issues in the special election to replace Arlington County Boardmember Chris Zimmerman.

The streetcar has emerged as a polarizing issue in Arlington as proponents say it will bring development without ousting current residents, while opponents say it’s too expensive and requires intrusive much construction.

Two candidates vying for Zimmerman’s seat on the board, Alan Howze and Peter Fallon, are pro-streetcar. However, candidate Cord Thomas says he prefers a Bus Rapid Transit system instead.

Democrats in Arlington County begin the primary process with a relatively unusual firehouse caucus, which is known to some as runoff voting.

Polling will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at Key Elementary School, located at 2300 Key Boulevard, and continue Saturday at Kenmoore Middle School, located at 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, beginning at 11 a.m.

The winner will face independent candidate John Vihstadt, a streetcar opponent, in a special election in April.

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