Thursday, September 28, 2006

the green line and developer green

Pictured: State Sen. Giannetti's proposal for extending the Green Line to BWI.

It's a couple of days old, but according to the Post, developers who throw money at Governor Ehrlich might earn the neighborhoods they build in some swanky transportation improvements - such as, in the case of Kingdon Gould III, developer of the Konterra "mini-city" between Calverton and Laurel, a proposed Green Line extension to Konterra and beyond.

The Green Line extension is no more news than the InterCounty Connector, but the fact that Bobby Haircut actually gives a care about what some might term "Smart Growth" (i.e., building infrastructure to go along with new development) so long as he profits from it . . . actually, that's not news either. That's just politics. (Also "just politics" is the defection of state Sen. John Giannetti, the biggest proponent of the Green Line extension, to the Republican party after losing in the Democratic primary.)

Dammit, it's so hard to just say "I'd really like the Green Line to go past Greenbelt." I spoke to Giannetti last spring and he explicitly said the Green Line would follow I-95 north of Greenbelt. That means a potential stop in Calverton at Powder Mill Road. (I'm sure you know how happy that makes Just Up The Pike.) The folks at Howard County Blog take the Green Line extension idea even further. It's a little far-fetched, but certainly worth a look.

Nonetheless, I can't help but think that we could finish other, less controversial transit projects - such as the Green Line extension and the Corridor Cities Transitway, which is so non-controversial it's almost been forgotten - in the time it will take to just get the Purple Line approved. The economic, social and mobility benefits of the Purple Line, however vast they are, aren't worth much in the face of politics.

3 comments:

Golden Silence said...

Why don't they also work on providing better service on the Green Line? It is ridiculously slow during weekday rush hour.

Anonymous said...

Golden Silence said...
Why don't they also work on providing better service on the Green Line? It is ridiculously slow during weekday rush hour.

9/28/2006 12:38 PM

RE: Why don't they build I-95 and I-270 to Downtown DC so it will take cars off the Avenues.

Anonymous said...

"ridiculously slow during rush hour"

Extending the Green Line would be wasting money, time, energy, and greenspace. Read the comments on that Howard County Blog's post. Personal rapid transit offers many advantages over Metro.