Crossing the Potomac - community meeting Jan 24

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
RECEPTION AT 7PM, PROGRAM AT 7:30PM
MALMAISON – 3401 WATER STREET

 

With so few access points to Georgetown, we have to make the most of what we have. Come to Malmaison, at the foot of Key Bridge, at 7pm on January 24th to hear what is going on with the bridge renovations, the gondola project, the Metro and even bus lanes.

Joe Sternlieb from the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) will present the ndings from a recent exploratory study on a gondola that would take riders from the Rosslyn Metro to Georgetown. e experts determined in their report that the gondola was "feasible." e gondola "would provide improved transit for workers, residents, the university and tourists." It anticipates the minimum daily ridership to be 6,500. The cost would be about $80 to $90 million to construct.

What's next? Officials will be meeting with various regional stakeholders to see what everyone thinks. If there is consensus to move forward, an environmental impact study would take a few years to complete, and then construction would probably take another few years, putting the completion of the gondola in the early to mid-2020’s.

Joe will also tell us the latest on plans for Metro – the current 2040 plan shows a possible crossing under the Potomac and a Georgetown Metro station at the cost of about $2 billion. And since we are talking transportation and the bridge, is it possible to put bus lanes on Key Bridge? e iconic Key Bridge is the pivotal link and it is being renovated. We will get an update from the Key Bridge Renovation team – Sean Moore and Joyce Tsepas will tell us where the construction stands and how it will impact Georgetowners’ daily lives (both on land and water) and what we have to look forward to.

The Popal family has graciously agreed to host us at the swank Malmaison located right next to Key Bridge at 3401 Water Street. There will be a reception at 7pm followed by the presentation from 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

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