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Streetcar Now Congratulates Delegate Rip Sullivan

Posted August 19, 2014

Arlington Streetcar Now congratulates Rip Sullivan on his election to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 48th District.

Delegate-Elect Sullivan will join an Arlington legislative delegation that are all streetcar supporters: Senator Barbara Favola, Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Alfonso Lopez, and Delegate Patrick Hope.

With a substantial portion of the streetcar project within his district, Mr. Sullivan has recognized the importance of transit to the economic health of Arlington, Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. He recognized the importance of the streetcar project for reducing traffic congestion, protecting the environment and improving economic vitality.

Mr. Sullivan’s impressive victory follows the winning effort on June 10th of streetcar supporter Don Beyer in the 8th Congressional Democratic primary – where Mr. Beyer received 46% of the vote in a 10-candidate field. These two victories show that the streetcar project enjoys support among County voters and that it is one of but many issues of importance to voters.

Mr. Sullivan's opponent, Dave Foster, made an anti-streetcar argument the central theme of his campaign. But although he received 62% of the vote as a successful School Board candidate in 2003, he received only 37% of the Arlington vote in this election.

Notable Support

Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club:

"The streetcar provides the best long-term solution to handling transit on the growing Columbia Pike corridor.  Along with the Crystal City streetcar, a separate initiative funded by a special tax district, it will increase transit options for commuters within growing transit corridors. Like Metro was more than 40 years ago, this represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity.  We believe it's an opportunity that should not be missed."

Karen Darner, former Virginia 49th District Delegate

"I grew up in the St. Louis area and was fortunate to experience streetcar transportation with my grandmother. Your whole perspective is elevated, and the Columbia Pike trolley will be similar. We will have our own positive distinction for a special part of Arlington, and it definitely will attract people to our neck of the woods. I only wish this great idea and partnership were now!"

Coalition for Smarter Growth

"The Coalition for Smarter Growth supports the streetcar as a key element of bringing new life to Columbia Pike - and we hope you do too."

"Recently, opponents of the project have been clamoring for Arlington to consider other options, but the county has studied all of the options thoroughly, and pausing now to reconsider would mean significant delay in bringing Columbia Pike the transit it needs."

"We stand with the Sierra Club and Arlington Streetcar Now in our belief that the streetcar should go forward as planned."