Clement, however, prefers the London-style double-deck bus.
I agree with my Republican opponent, Matt Wavro, on the need to scrap the Pike trolley in favor of upgraded bus service. However, I prefer compact double-deck buses, like those that are being introduced into service in London, rather than articulated buses, on the Pike's congested roadway.
Where Wavro's argument tended toward the side of wanting the flexibility of connecting the Pike to Rosslyn without the Metro's blue line train, Clement cited the safety hazards for cyclists trying to maneuver around the tracks.
She also fears that the streetcar will raise housing rates too much along the Pike and quickly gentrify one of the county's more diverse areas.
Both candidates dislike the cost of the streetcar, about $200 million for Arlington County's portion. They face Libby Garvey in the general election in November.