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Tag Archives: Streetcars

January 29, 2017
KC’s Downtown Revitalizing, But Other Cities Compete
Kansas City Star

From economic ignominy a couple decades ago, Kansas City’s downtown has re-emerged as an entertainment, cultural and residential hot spot with a new streetcar line that connects assets and builds walkable neighborhoods. But it has a lot of competition.

January 25, 2017
Large Sacramento Property Owners Voting on Streetcar Tax
Sacramento Bee

Sacramento will attempt to kick-start plans for a downtown streetcar line and come up with the elusive last dollars to pay for it by asking hundreds of downtown commercial property owners this spring if they’d be willing to kick in $2 million a year.

January 16, 2017
Charlotte Still Waiting for Streetcar-Fueled Boom
Charlotte Observer

When the first segment of the Gold Line streetcar opened in July 2015, supporters hailed the 1.5-mile track as the start of a major economic stimulus that would eventually revitalize swaths of uptown and land to the east and west of the Trade Street route. That hasn’t happened, yet.

January 4, 2017
Saferails: Helping Cyclists, Streetcars Share the Road

I have written about how sometimes cyclists and streetcar tracks don’t mix. And this is not just a North American problem, an excuse to say “get rid of those streetcars” but is common in the Netherlands and other cities where cyclists and trams mix. But there’s a solution.

December 20, 2016
December 6, 2016
Cincy Streetcar Ridership Short of Projections
Cincinnati Enquirer

Overall, ridership is 53 percent above expectations. But a closer look at the numbers day-by-day shows declining ridership since it opened Sept. 9 and troublesome weekday numbers that need attention.

December 1, 2016
November 29, 2016
Charlotte Streetcar Advances With $134M in Contracts
Charlotte Business Journal

It took longer than expected, but the city finally has a contractor to build the 2.5-mile extension of the streetcar line. And, soon, it will have a fleet of modern streetcars to carry passengers along the expanded route.

13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s Transportation Research E-Circular 213: 13th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference: Transforming Urban Areas documents the papers and discussions from a conference that took place on November 15–17, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

November 8, 2016
Fast-Tracked Miami Streetcar Could Cost a Premium
Miami Herald

A fast-tracked streetcar project has left Miami Beach in a tough negotiating position as it prepares to spend a year hashing out an estimated $244M contract to build what could be the first piece of rail that would ultimately connect to light rail on the mainland.

November 7, 2016
November 6, 2016
Kansas City’s Streetcars Bring New Business to Merchants
Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s streetcar system tallied its millionth ride early last month — seven months ahead of schedule. That’s a lot of new eyes seeing storefronts. Some parking issues still need to be resolved, but for now, owners are continuing to see new faces come patron their businesses.

November 1, 2016
Tokyo’s Last Streetcar Still Rolling Strong
Japan Times

Marking the 105th anniversary of its launch this year, the streetcar, known as chin-chin densha for the sound of its bell, is a nostalgic reminder of the postwar era, when such trains were a common sight all over Tokyo.

October 30, 2016
October 27, 2016
What’s Behind the Cincy Streetcar Rider Numbers?
Cincinnati Business Courier

Six weeks after opening, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar remains a popular transportation option, but more so on the weekends, the latest data from the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority shows.

October 9, 2016
Can San Diego’s $2.1B Trolley Extension Draw New Riders?
San Diego Union-Tribune

As the San Diego region readies for construction of a trolley line nearly 30 years in the making, officials are touting the project as a potential game-changer for the way residents view public transportation.

October 3, 2016
Cincy Tells Streetcar To Speed Up, Or Else
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati streetcar continues to run behind schedule, not meeting a promise of no more than a 15-minute wait at any station. And Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black isn’t happy.

September 29, 2016
How ‘Within Walking Distance’ Does Not Mean Walkable
Greater Greater Washington

I like to ride the San Diego Trolley when I visit family there, but the mile walk from the station to their house is so awful that it always makes me think twice about riding the train. Here at home, my walk to the Metro is the same distance, and I do it happily all […]

September 28, 2016
Cincinnati’s Streetcar is Popular, But Needs 3 Fixes
Cincinnati Enquirer

A little more than two weeks into the streetcar’s operation, ridership is high and revenue is above projections but the city and the streetcar’s operator are still working out glitches, its operator told members of City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday.

September 27, 2016
Atlanta Gets $500K To Plan Future Streetcar Corridors
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta has won a $500,000 Federal Transit Administration grant to plan future land uses along 16 miles of an expanded Atlanta Streetcar system. The City Council recently passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor’s office to accept the funds.

September 18, 2016
September 14, 2016
De Blasio’s Streetcar and the Tale of Two Waterfronts
Village Voice

Mayor de Blasio is now overseeing the creation of two different waterfronts: one in which we soberly address the very real prospect of living with an extra six feet of water by 2100, and another that cheers the rapacious boneheadedness that got us into this mess in the first place.


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