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February 12, 2015

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Josh T

To make any non-passenger car transportation option work for the average person you need density, much more density than what Columbia has now. One of the leading transportation think tanks, the Texas Transportation Institute, estimates that a sustainable plan requires 50 people per acre. Until we have places that can sustain that number mass transit/bike shares/pedestrian connections in HoCo will be an afterthought to the single occupant car.

Chris Bachmann

Definitely to Burtonsville. The Metrobus runs regularly as well as the UMCP buses, but no HoCo buses go there. Just that single link (at least on the weekends) would save a trip from downtown DC to the mall by almost an hour since the silver line bus doesn't show up at the MARC station for at least an hour after the typical train leaves mid-day.

Been a fan of the gondola ideas for almost a decade now, but the mid term solution around here is most likely autonomous buses with smart phone apps and kiosks at traditional bus stops. Then routes can be fluid depending on where people are picked up and where they are dropped off.

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