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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Tag Archives: Streetcars

July 10, 2016
Miami Beach to Weigh Choices for Streetcar
Miami Herald

In an effort to jumpstart a rail connection across Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach is expediting the process to build a nearly $400 million light rail loop in South Beach by first selecting a design and then negotiating a price.

July 4, 2016
June 29, 2016
Georgia Withdraws Threat to Halt Atlanta Streetcar
Atlanta Journal Constitution

In a letter to the city Tuesday, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said the agency will continue reviewing Atlanta’s plans to fix dozens of problems outlined in recent audits. But he said GDOT is satisfied with the city’s recent progress.

June 28, 2016
Anaheim Streetcar Project Unanimously Terminated
Voice of OC

The controversial Anaheim streetcar project is all but dead after the board of the Orange County Transportation Authority voted unanimously Monday to pull support for the 3.2 mile, $300 million transit project and explore other alternatives for the Harbor Boulevard corridor.

Atlanta Mayor Urges Streetcar Critics to Take Long View
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had a message for critics of Atlanta’s troubled streetcar on the eve of a deadline that could lead to the transit system’s shutdown: stay calm and “take the long view.”

June 17, 2016
State Gives Atlanta Two Weeks to Fix Streetcar Issues
Atlanta Journal Constitution

State officials this week gave Atlanta extra time to submit plans to address problems with the city’s troubled streetcar, but they also renewed their threat to shut it down if those plans don’t pass muster.

June 10, 2016
Two Plans Emerge for KC Streetcar Expansion
Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s downtown streetcar system had its grand opening just a month ago, but supporters have been clamoring to extend the system south on Main Street from Union Station to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

June 6, 2016
Study Urges Streetcar Use Beyond Tourists

As Oklahoma City prepares to break ground on its first streetcar line in seven decades, and as other cities adjust to having them again, authors of a federally backed study suggest their routes move people with a purpose — not just target the tourist trade.

May 31, 2016
May 30, 2016
Georgia Threatens to Close Atlanta Streetcar
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a letter to Mayor Kasim Reed and MARTA CEO Keith Parker on Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation gave the city until June 14 to submit plans to address 60 outstanding problems outlined in the reports. If those plans are not sufficient, GDOT said, it will order the streetcar to shut down immediately.

May 24, 2016
SLC Council to Allow Density Near S-Line Street Car
The Salt Lake Tribune

A new zoning scheme could change the face of Sugar House — particularly the area surrounding the intersection of 700 East and 2100 South. Residents will get another chance to weigh in on proposed zoning changes near the Sugar House streetcar line that would clear the way for high-density housing and retail.

May 20, 2016
Streetcar Expansion for Kansas City?
Kansas City Star

My first reaction to KC’s new streetcar? This is pretty cool. Within a quarter mile of leaving Union Station on that rainy Sunday evening of the streetcar’s opening weekend, my thought was: The city has got to expand this thing.

May 18, 2016
DC Streetcar Could Get Dedicated Lanes
Greater Greater Washington

After lots of transportation experts and pundits said DC’s streetcar needed dedicated lanes if it’s to be valuable, DC transportation planners designed an option for extending the streetcar which devotes a lane for almost all of the length from Union Station to Georgetown.

May 17, 2016
Downtown Growth Spurs Trolley Ridership
Dallas Morning News

Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods are increasingly becoming home to more North Texans. The state transportation department is studying ways to rebuild the highways that cut through these neighborhoods.

May 11, 2016
Milwaukee’s Streetcar Extension Will Be Different
Milwaukee Business Journal

The Milwaukee streetcar’s extension along Fourth Street to a new arena will be different from most of its other sections — there will be no overhead wires, and the transit vehicles will ride in dedicated street lanes.

May 8, 2016
Long Awaited Kansas City Streetcar Opens
Kansas City Star

With glorious blue skies as a backdrop and a crowd of hundreds of people in front of him, Kansas City Mayor Sly James proclaimed the start of a new era of rail transit in the city Friday, with the grand opening of the Kansas City streetcar.

New Orleans Seeks Grant to Extend Streetcar Line
New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans’ Regional Transit Authority is making another attempt at securing federal funding for a streetcar line along St. Claude Avenue all the way through Faubourg Marigny.

April 28, 2016
Inside the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Report
Second Avenue Sagas

There’s a table in the city’s assessment of the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar that drives home the inherent tensions in the city’s plan. Over 70 percent of the expected ridership is going to use the streetcar as they would a bus.

April 27, 2016
Pricier Plan Proposed for Sacramento’s Streetcars
Sacramento Bee

Undaunted by their failure to win voter approval last year, Sacramento streetcar advocates are back this spring with an even more ambitious plan, new funding strategies and a bigger price tag.

April 25, 2016
NYC Gives New Brooklyn Streetcar Details
Politico New York

In February, Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Red Hook to talk about how transformative his Brookyn-Queens Connector streetcar proposal would be for the waterfront, and all of the communities along its sinuous path from Sunset Park to Astoria.

Story of Cities #29: L.A.’s Streetcar Scandal
The Guardian

When LA was stripped of its beloved streetcar in the 1960s, the city was quickly thrust into a traffic-clogged world of private cars and diesel buses. But with the involvement of automobile and oil companies, was this the work of a conspiracy?

April 11, 2016
Critical Review of Atlanta Streetcar Planning

The first phase of the Atlanta Streetcar is open to the public, though the city has big plans to extend the line. One planning academic hopes to redirect the planning process.

March 31, 2016
What is the True Cost of Building the Purple Line?
Washington Business Journals

The true cost of building the Purple Line linking Bethesda with New Carrollton is likely $650 million more than the light rail project’s proposed contract would cover, according to a new Maryland legislative analysis.


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