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Tag Archives: Streetcars

September 14, 2016
September 13, 2016
Free Cincinnati Streetcar Rides Topped 50K
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati Bell Connector’s grand opening weekend saw 50,646 passenger trips, according to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. Compare that to Kansas City, where 32,326 people rode the streetcar its first weekend earlier this year.

September 12, 2016
You’re Going to Like Cincinnati’s Streetcar
Cincinnati Enquirer

Our streetcar is better on account of its critics, and exceeds the expectations of its boosters. It is emblematic of a city that wants to act smarter and explore ways to grow again. As steel rails reveal the city’s authenticity, most Cincinnatians will forget why we fought about it.

September 11, 2016
Cincinnati Streetcar Finally Opens
Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati’s long-awaited streetcar opened its doors to the public at noon on Friday, and began running along the 3.6-mile loop through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. It was the first time in 65 years Cincinnati had an operating streetcar.

September 8, 2016
Streetcar Timeline: Long, Winding, Arduous Journey
Cincinnati Enquirer

The idea of building a modern streetcar in Cincinnati was hatched 15 years ago, some 2,400 miles away from the city; later, it gained momentum in a Mount Auburn ice cream parlor. And now, after wending through twists and turns and hurdling mountains and molehills, the idea becomes reality.

September 7, 2016
Toronto’s Advice for NYC: Streetcars Get Own Lanes
New York Times

Now that New York City is bringing back the streetcar, with Mayor Bill de Blasio planning a $2.5 billion waterfront route linking Brooklyn and Queens by 2024, officials are looking to Toronto for lessons on how to make the new line a success.

September 5, 2016
All Aboard Cincinnati’s ‘Streetcar of Hopes and Dreams’
Cincinnati Enquirer

After years of construction obstructing Downtown traffic, eliminating on-street parking, installing overhead electric wires above streets, uprooting trees to install a huge, hideous transformer and nine months of testing, the streetcar is finally about to commence service.

August 23, 2016
CATS To Re-bid $150M Charlotte Streetcar Expansion
Charlotte Business Journal

Ready, set, start over. Charlotte Area Transit System and the city have decided to go through a new, revised bid package to meet the $150 million budget for a 2.5-mile expansion of the streetcar scheduled to open by August of 2020.

August 17, 2016
Streetcar Track Horror Stores Haunt Seattle Cyclists
Seattle Times

Bicyclists say streetcar tracks can catch tires and are slippery when wet, posing a danger of falls and serious, even fatal injuries. But solid data about streetcar-track crashes doesn’t exist, so the city remains unsure of the problem’s scope.

August 16, 2016
Sacramento Streetcar $30M Grant from Cap and Trade
Sacramento Bee

The California State Transportation Agency has listed the planned streetcar line in Sacramento and West Sacramento among a handful of projects to win funding this year from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which uses money from the state’s auctions of pollution credits.

August 9, 2016
Podcast: John Schneider on Streetcars
NextSTL

In this episode we speak with “Mr. Streetcar” John Schneider of Cincinnati about that city’s streetcar as it nears its opening date. A longtime downtown resident there, John has been instrumental in the biggest civic infrastructure projects in that city over the past 30 years.

August 4, 2016
Cincinnati’s Streetcar is Under Budget
Cincinnati Business Courier

After years of criticism and predictions of financial disaster, the city of Cincinnati and its streetcar managers have largely completed the $148 million project, and the city will have spent $2.5 million less than anticipated when the budget was approved in 2013.

August 3, 2016
August 1, 2016
July 31, 2016
July 27, 2016
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.

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