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The NOVA Institute for Public Service co-sponsors transit dialogue


Northern Virginia residents and business leaders are invited to a discussion on the DC Streetcar system and its effect on the Northern Virginia region, including the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The District of Columbia will soon unveil the DC Streetcar system starter lines on H Street NW and in Anacostia. The lines will grow to a 22-mile system in the District of Columbia. In Northern Virginia, the Columbia Pike and Crystal City lines are in the planning stages with studies exploring additional routes. 

The Columbia Pike line will initially take passengers from Pentagon City to the edge of the NOVA-Alexandria Campus. The Crystal City line will run to the Alexandria city limits and possibly to a planned Metro stop in Potomac Yard. 

The Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition, the Del Ray Business Association and the NOVA Institute for Public Service are hosting the meeting to highlight the role modern streetcars can play in Northern Virginia’s transportation options. 

Speakers include:

  • Thomas Perry, DC Streetcar program manager
  • Lee Perna, Del Ray neighborhood historian
  • Timothy Lovain, Alexandria City Council member and founder of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition
  • Hon.  J. Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board chairman

Dr. Jimmie McClellan, liberal arts division dean at NOVA-Alexandria and president of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition, will serve as moderator. “The streetcar is the proven technology of our grandparents and the best hope for our grandchildren to have clean, efficient and safe urban transportation,” McClellan said.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 24. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 1701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

For more information about the event, contact Linda Rodriguez, NOVA Institute for Public Service coordinator, at 703-933-8099 or lirodriguez@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.