Bring Joe’s Electric Bus to Route 1

At a meeting in June of 2007, a group of Route 1 area residents had a chance to talk frankly with SHA Administrator Neil Pederson about transportation issues, congestion, capacity, possible improvements and Route 1. During the meeting, Riverdale Park resident Joe Kelly popped out with a great idea that’s been talked about since with public officials, now we need you to add your voice to the chorus.

Here’s the concept: Joe’s Electric Bus would run regular loops on Route 1 for a nominal fee, just as DC’s Circulator does. It should serve the Route 1 communities, Arts District, Gateway and area Metro/Purple Line stops from Eastern Ave. to the Beltway, perhaps running loops north from 410 and south from 410. Joe thought this would be convenient, environmentally friendly and a perfect opportunity for an innovative business person (or forward-thinking government). Somehow the picture of a purple bus with bright, psychedelic lettering gained currency and this imaginary bus was christened Joe’s Electric Bus.

Meanwhile, Prince George’s County has been working on a draft Transportation Master Plan that strongly recommends the developed tier implement a strong “urban-style” bus system. Although several points highlighted as possible connections in a July presentation fall in the Rt. 1 area, there are very few specifics available online currently. This Thursday, the Planning Board will take up a staff request to print the preliminary plan–it would be great to have Joe’s Electric Bus included.

So click the Email Lady to send a note to Planning Board Chairman Sam Parker and your county council person urging them to include a Route 1 looped bus route in the plan. Then get your friends & neighbors on the bus, OK?

More on the Preliminary Countywide Master Plan of Transportation
Presentations
Open House Comments
Timetable

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Infrastructure, Planning Board, Public Input, Public Transit, Route 1 Corridor, Transportation

2 responses to “Bring Joe’s Electric Bus to Route 1

  1. Tom

    I think that Joe’s Electric Bus is a good idea. My understanding of the Route 1 traffic plan is that it limits or eliminates left hand turns. If that is true, I would run the bus up and down the center lane (current left turn lane) and coordinate pickup/discharge of passengers with the traffic lights. The advantage would be users would not be caught in the heavy traffic, which may be enough incentive to get some people out of their cars. We might also think about free parking for Electric Bus users and allow bicycles to be carried on the bus.

    Thanks

  2. You all must not have ridden 86/83 buses, which unfortunately have limited ridership up and down the corridor, which is why service is relatively infrequent.

    In the mid-1990s, MTA did a study of a streetcar for the corridor, I suggest moving in that direction, and linking with DC.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s