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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

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Tag Archives: Streetcars

August 9, 2017
New Streetcar Hindered Access to Jobs in New Orleans
New Orleans Times-Picayune

A transit advocacy group is calling into question the city’s new streetcar lines completed in recent years at a cost of $75 million, arguing in a report released Wednesday that those streetcars have slowed daily commutes to work for many residents living near the lines.

August 8, 2017
Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Clears Another Hurdle
Next City

Kansas City’s downtown streetcar line has so far proven popular among riders, but difficult to take beyond its initial 2.2 miles. Last week, however, voters approved a new taxing district that could allow the route to expand to the University of Missouri Kansas City.

August 3, 2017
The Strange Disappearance of de Blasio’s Streetcar Plan
The Village Voice

After being the focus of neighborhood “listening sessions” all last year, followed by questions raised about the project’s financing and an April revelation of a critical internal City Hall report, the onetime showpiece project has largely gone silent.

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June 27, 2017
Downtown L.A. Streetcar May Be Pushed Back To 2021
LAist

It goes without saying that public transit projects are subjected to a number of hurdles before they become a reality. That’s no surprise, but one project that aims to bring a streetcar to downtown L.A. has been hit with an especially bumpy ride.

June 25, 2017
When Will Charlotte’s Streetcar Finally Spur Promised Development?
Charlotte Observer

Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. Smith University. But when will that finally happen?

June 21, 2017
June 18, 2017
Why the K Street Streetcar Will Succeed, if DC Builds It
Greater Greater Washington

If DC extends the streetcar west to downtown and Georgetown, it’s going to be more like light rail, much faster, and more reliable than the H St. line. It would be the linchpin for making streetcars in DC a success overall, and would become one of America’s best surface rail lines.

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May 19, 2017
Boise Having Another Go at Streetcar
Idaho Statesman

Nine years after introducing a plan for a rail-based Downtown public transportation system, Boise city leaders are taking another swing at it.

May 18, 2017
Can Streetcar Tunnels be Art Space?
Washington City Paper

As growing cities like D.C. hurtle to prosperity after decades of decline, some of them face an unexpected problem: what to do with the defunct but captivating spaces hidden beneath their streets.

May 17, 2017
Detroit’s Streetcar and Rise of Urban Philanthropy
Inside Philanthropy

Detroit, a city with a fraught relationship with transit, just got a downtown streetcar. After years of complex administrative and funding hurdles, the QLine recent opened, an impressive achievement and one many hope will be a catalyst for economic and transit-oriented development.

May 15, 2017
How to Get Toronto Streetcars Out of Traffic
Streetsblog USA

Toronto’s busiest surface transit route could get a big upgrade as part of a year-long pilot project — if it clears the Toronto City Council this summer, where suburban interests have a history of rejecting transit initiatives.

May 8, 2017
Charlotte Wants To Plan For New Light Rail Lines
Charlotte Observer

Charlotte’s transit service already has a bold plan for a $6 billion expanded transit system that would take residents to the airport, Lake Norman and Matthews. Potential consultants for part of the project take that even further.

May 7, 2017
Detroit Should Celebrate Its Light Rail, Push For More
Detroit Free Press

The debut of the M-1 streetcar line, set for Friday, reminds us at once of everything that’s wrong, and everything that could be right, in our 40-year history of losing efforts to bring rational transit to our area.

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