Streetcar Projects Advance Across US
December 19, 2010 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #84650
Streetcar Projects Advance Nationwide Thanks to Local Initiative
December 17th, 2010
In spite of questions over whether the federal streetcar program has a future and the death of a project in Fort Worth, local dollars are distributed to build new links in Cincinnati, Dallas, New Orleans, and Tempe.
Can streetcars save America’s cities?
By Katherine Dorsett, CNN
December 17, 2010 2:43 p.m.
(CNN) — In a down economy, pursuing the American dream can be challenging, but restaurant owner Todd Steele was willing to take a chance.
For nearly 20 years, Steele worked all levels of the restaurant game, from dishwasher to general manager, before partnering with his mom and opening his own eatery called Metrovino on Portland, Oregon’s, 11th Avenue streetcar line.
“I would not have picked this spot if it weren’t for the streetcar, and my business has certainly benefited from our location,” Steele said. “Streetcars are also a romantic way to travel, and they are fun to watch from inside Metrovino.”
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– TucsonDecember 19, 2010 3:46 pm at 3:46 pm #418963
As much as this should, and does excite me; I can’t help feeling a little disappointed that Columbus is not one of the cities on that list. Our Streetcar would just about be up and running right now had it not stalled in 2007.December 24, 2010 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #418964
The AdministrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Big Streetcar Push Could Implode with New Congress
Yonah Freemark | Dec 7th, 2010
Apart from its high-speed rail program, the Obama AdministrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most prominent transportation policy has been the financing of streetcar lines in inner cities across the country. After just two years, lines in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, and Tucson have been funded, representing perhaps the quickest expansion of public financing for any transportation mode in the history of the United States.
READ MORE: http://americancity.org/columns/entry/2785/December 25, 2010 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #418965
High St is just begging for a streetcar, light rail, or BRT.January 29, 2011 3:15 am at 3:15 am #418966
Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2011
January 3rd, 2011
Lest one think that investment in transit is a coasts-only phenomenon in the United States, the sheer quantity of spending planned for new public transportation projects across the country in 2011 indicates otherwise.January 29, 2011 3:22 am at 3:22 am #418967
The Case for Streetcars
Submitted by Ginger Moored on January 10, 2011
Almost 50 years ago, streetcars in Washington, D.C. stopped running and most of their tracks were removed. Now theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re back and ready for a revival, with parts of the first two lines slated to open next spring. In this post, we talk to Dan Tangherlini, the former DDOT director under Mayor Anthony Williams, who committed to building one of the first two lines, about why streetcars matter for the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capital.February 6, 2011 2:35 pm at 2:35 pm #418968October 14, 2011 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #418969
The Appeal of Modern Streetcars Continues to Mount, But There Are Obstacles to It Bringing Mobility Gains
October 10th, 2011
If the Obama Administration’s push to construct high-speed rail lines has suffered numerous delays as a result of Congressional inaction and state-level criticism, its decision to allow numerous streetcar projects to move forward through the federal funding pipeline has produced a veritable explosion of project proposals across the country. Yet the manner in which cities are pushing these schemes smacks of poor policy making and suggests that a better use of limited transportation dollars is possible.
August 15, 2012 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #418970
Streetcar Plans Plow Ahead
Updated August 15, 2012, 5:41 a.m. ET
By CAROLINE PORTER
Cities from Los Angeles to Atlanta are making big bets to revitalize their downtowns by bringing back a form of transportation many abandoned decades ago: the streetcar. Some cities are counting on help from federal stimulus dollars, but a few are going it alone.
Late last month, about 500 residents in one part of Kansas City, Mo., voted to create a special taxing district to raise $75 million over about two decades for a streetcar. In the same week, Cincinnati officials passed a measure to allow about $15 million to be spent on a 3.6-mile loop. And in Los Angeles, the city council approved a plan to ask voters if they are willing to pay additional taxes for a four-mile downtown streetcar loop.
READ MORE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444900304577579360844409848.htmlMay 20, 2013 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #418971
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 02:18 PM EDT
Are streetcars the future of public transportation?
BY JEFF TURRENTINE
When President Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, he cited among Foxx’s other relevant accomplishments “a new streetcar project that’s going to bring modern electric tram service to [Charlotte’s] downtown area.” All well and good. But honestly, if enthusiasm for downtown streetcar projects was a prerequisite for the job, the president could probably have compiled his short list of candidates simply by closing his eyes and aiming a dart at a wall-mounted map of the lower 48.
READ MORE: http://www.salon.com/2013/05/16/why_is_the_streetcar_so_hot_right_now_partner/May 20, 2013 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #418972
That looks like a maintenance vehicle rather than one that regularly caries commuters.June 14, 2013 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #418973
Roads to Rails – The Streetcar of the Future
When we begin to value the land for what it is and build cities worth living in, density develops, and density makes things happen. Some of those happenings are economic, in the sense of improved productivity; others are environmental, in terms of fewer resources consumed. Density also has a lot to offer in terms of our trades of time for space.
October 29, 2013 1:17 am at 1:17 am #418974
Monday, October 28, 2013
New Wave of Development Follows Streetcar Construction in Mid-Sized Cities
by Angie Schmitt
When selecting a parking lot along the Kansas City streetcar line as the site for a 50-unit, five-story apartment building, Boulder-based developer Linden Street Partners was clear: “The streetcar is the big thing that drew us, absolutely,” the company’s Scott Richardson told the Kansas City Star. “We like the demographics and the economic trends. I walked the area and liked the site.”
Kansas City hasn’t even begun construction yet on the 2-mile, $103 million streetcar project. But the project is already spurring the kind of development that promoters hoped for. In addition to the apartment complex, the streetcar line also attracted a new, 257-room hotel. In what locals tell us is a rarity for downtown projects, the hotel received no subsidies.
READ MORE: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/28/new-wave-of-development-follows-streetcar-construction-in-mid-sized-cities/November 12, 2013 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm #418975
Cities turn to streetcars to spur economic development
Daniel C. Vock, Pew/Stateline Staff Writer 11:08 a.m. EST November 8, 2013
Tucson has built four-mile-long streetcar tracks that will run between the University of Arizona campus and downtown. Only two of the eight cars that will be used to ferry passengers every 10 minutes have arrived, and operations will not start until next year.
But local business leaders say the streetcar has already revived the center of this sprawling, artsy city of 524,000. Roughly 150 businesses have opened their doors along the route in the last five years, and the once-dormant area is in the middle of a $230 million construction boom, according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership. The group estimates that 2,000 jobs have been created or relocated to the area.
November 12, 2013 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #418976
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