The Columbia Flier November 28, 2018 "It's no secret that Howard County wants to attract more business... But the county,.. is losing three companies in cybersecurity-related fields to Baltimore City. DataTribe, AllegisCyber and Evergreen Advisors are expected to an office campus under development in the Port Covington area.... Howard lacks ports, a subway system, and the vibrant urban scene that some companies find attractive... .....HCEDA last year unsuccessfully tried to court Amazon to place its second headquarters to downtown Columbia. Part of the reason for this failure is that, unlike Northern Virginia, it does not have a subway system -- something Amazon wanted."
Comment: Columbia may never have a subway system but a
more sustainable, efficient, and attractive transit system could
certainly be an attractive alternative.
The Columbia Flier July 12, 2018
"Development planned in central Columbia over the next 20 years is prompting Howard County's Office of Transportation and the Downtown Columbia Partnership to craft an updated plan to reduce single-car trips by 15 percent and encourage walking, biking, car-sharing and telecomuting...
The county will build a database of every property's plan and review their implementation every three years. If a property fails to meet traffic management goals, the county will work with owners to revise and adjust, but, unlike some other areas such as Arlington, Va., won't issue a fine."
Comment: Metrics on the success of the Downtown Columbia Transportation Demand Management Plan apparently will not be available for three years.