Streetcar Projects Advance Across US
January 10, 2014 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm #418977
Friday, January 10, 2014
Tracking the Streetcar Comeback in American Cities
by Angie Schmitt
Streetcars are back in the U.S. in a big way. Inspired by the Portland Streetcar, and helped along by federal programs like New Starts and TIGER, cities across the United States are breaking ground and beginning service on modern streetcar systems.
At Beyond DC, Dan Malouff runs down the projects that will begin service this year:
READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2014/01/10/tracking-the-streetcar-comeback-in-american-cities/January 12, 2014 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #418978
SATURDAY, DEC 28, 2013 06:00 PM EST
Tram wars! Why streetcars are back — whether you like it or not
Ten U.S. cities have streetcar projects in various stages of construction, while five more — San Antonio, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, St. Louis and Detroit — have secured funding but not yet broken ground. Still other cities, such as Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, have streetcar plans in various stages of development. Barring a series of Cincinnati-style meltdowns, by 2015 the U.S. will have about 30 cities with streetcars, more than twice as many as at the millennium.
READ MORE: http://www.salon.com/2013/12/28/tram_wars_why_streetcars_are_back_—_whether_you_like_it_or_not/February 20, 2014 4:38 pm at 4:38 pm #418979
The Key to Surviving the Great American Streetcar Closures? Dedicated Space
STEPHEN J. SMITH | NEXT CITY
Modern mixed-traffic streetcars might not be any faster than a bus, but, their boosters say, rails are more permanent than buses. Bus lines can be easily rerouted or cut altogether, possibly leaving developers unsure of their would-be transit lifeline’s future. Abandoning tracks, catenary and trains, on the other hand, is a much more significant step, and perhaps one that cities wouldn’t take as lightly as cutting bus routes.
READ MORE: http://nextcity.org/theworks/entry/the-key-to-surviving-the-great-american-streetcar-closures-dedicated-spaceMay 14, 2014 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1016231
Atlanta, other cities see a streetcar renaissance
Larry Copeland, USA TODAY 10:52 a.m. EDT May 13, 2014
The nation is in the middle of a streetcar renaissance, as one city after another includes a slice of the past in its modern transportation mix.
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Transportation First, then Economic Development for Streetcars
By Yonah Freemark
June 10, 2015
The recent efforts of cities across the United States to build streetcar lines running through their downtowns have been heralded by some as an ideal amalgam—an investment in improved transportation that also leads to adjacent private development. Streetcar proponents from coast to coast have welcomed federal aid for the construction of new systems, arguing that the projects will bring vitality to center cities that need a boost.
READ MORE: http://urbanland.uli.org/infrastructure-transit/streetcars-transportation-first-economic-development/
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