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Tag Archives: Streetcars

March 1, 2016
De Blasio Versus Good Transit
Pedestrian Observations

In New York, the de Blasio administration has been spending considerable political capital pushing for a $2.5 billion light rail line connecting Astoria and the Brooklyn waterfront south to Sunset Park. There has been a lot of criticism from good transit advocates about implementation

February 28, 2016
DC Streetcar Makes First Voyage
Washington Post

On a chilly February morning 54 years after the last passengers stepped aboard a streetcar in the nation’s capital, hundreds of people lined up on a once riot-ravaged stretch of H Street on Saturday to do it again.

Could DC Streetcar Stumbles Benefit NYC?
New York Times

The empty streetcars started their test runs down H Street more than a year ago, a slow-rolling taunt for a fast-changing neighborhood left to wonder when the line might finally open.

Streetcar Projects as Spatial Planning
Journal of Transport Geography (Abstract)

Currently dozens of U.S. cities are in the midst of planning and building modern streetcar systems. Though seemingly mobility investments, the intended impacts of these streetcar projects reach beyond transportation and represent a strong turn toward strategic spatial planning through transportation infrastructure.

February 23, 2016
February 18, 2016
Manufacturers Fear Displacement from NY Streetcar
Crain's New York

At a cavernous warehouse on the edge of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Anthony Rizzo’s 50 employees heat and cool parts for airplanes and missiles, dropping them into a 30-foot-deep, 1,600-degree salt bath and in vats of oil, rigging them with wire so they don’t warp.

February 17, 2016
Streetcar Plan Mostly in Flood Zones
Streetsblog NYC

As others have noted, the proposed Brooklyn-Queens streetcar route would run right through city- and FEMA-designated high-risk flood zones.

February 16, 2016
New York Streetcar Still Doesn’t Make Sense
Streetsblog NYC

Today Mayor de Blasio rolled out the full court press for his Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar proposal, known as BQX. A story in the Times compared the street-running BQX to Jersey’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which runs mostly on exclusive rail rights-of-way.

De Blasio Makes Case for $2.5B Streetcar Line

Mayor de Blasio did his best to overcome criticism of his $2.5 billion Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar plan today, arguing that the 16 miles of electric track…would be a worthy investment of resources and community board deliberation—whether or not the project would ultimately connect straphangers to MTA buses and trains along the route with a […]

Is Tempe Downtown Ready for a New Streetcar?
Arizona Republic

A year from now, downtown Tempe’s main drag could become, well, a drag. At least that’s the way it might seem for commuters and businesses located along Mill Avenue, a popular Valley entertainment strip lined with restaurants, bars and shops that is, in many ways, the lifeblood of downtown Tempe.

City to Pay Streetcar Utilities, Mayoral Candidate Lacks Facts
Urban Milwaukee

According to mayoral candidate Bob Donovan, the cost of the Milwaukee Streetcar just went up by $25 million. Donovan made the claim on Facebook following a ruling by Milwaukee County Circuit Court William Sosnay that the city must pay to relocate utilities for the streetcar project.

February 8, 2016
Santa Ana Streetcar Could Change Transport Locally
Orange County Register

A proposed Santa Ana streetcar route, to run from downtown to the edge of Garden Grove, could become the first leg of a countywide rail system that would change how residents get around.

February 4, 2016
Be Careful Parking Near KC Streetcar
Kansas City Star

Kansas City’s $100 million investment in the downtown streetcar line is a big, proper gamble to take in spurring economic development.

February 3, 2016
What Happens Now that Beltline Dispute is Over?
Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta’s highly-anticipated smart-growth project almost went off the rails due to a contentious contract impasse. With the city and school board reaching a new deal, the BeltLine can start to get back on track.

January 26, 2016
First Hill Streetcar Opens with Lessons for Future Lines
The Urbanist

Seattle’s new streetcar route, the First Hill line, finally opened on Saturday. Despite the cold and rain, months of tantalizingly empty test runs and the promise of free rides drew large crowds along the entire route.

January 24, 2016
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January 10, 2016
Initial Brooklyn Queens Streetcar Studies
Second Avenue Sagas

For a few hours, at least, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s infrastructure improvement tour is on hold. Thursday’s announcement concerned the Javits Center, and I’ve learned that he’s going to announce a series of technology-related upgrades, including B Division countdown clocks, for the subways on Friday morning live from the Transit Museum.

January 7, 2016
New Transit in 2016
The Transport Politic

More than 240 miles of new fixed-guideway transit is expected to come online in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico this year. Also, check out a new way to visualize existing, planned, and proposed transit lines in North America: Transit Explorer.

January 4, 2016
Streetcar, D Link Changes Prelude to Expansion
Dallas Morning News

The Dallas-Oak Cliff streetcar’s schedule is getting a revamp in the first of a handful of high-profile Dallas Area Rapid Transit service changes and expansions coming in the new year.

December 21, 2015
Atlanta Streetcar Plans Leave Some Out
Atlanta Journal Constitution

The news that Atlanta approved a multibillion-dollar streetcar network wasn’t surprising. But one seemingly small detail stands out as an example of so much that’s wrong in the transit debate — and why transit often falls short of its lofty expectations.


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