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Posts Tagged ‘Streetcars’

Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Starting in the late 20th century, modern streetcar proposals started rippling across municipalities in the United States. They’re touted as infrastructure carrying benefits ranging from the social to economic and the environmental. But these projects often make appearances in the news as costly, blunder-filled experiments in public policy. Cities are willing to bet big on […]

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Streetcar Transit in the Modern U.S. City: A Multiple-Case-Study Investigation

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Figure 1: A Streetcar in Portland, Oregon

This study examines the transportation performance of modern-era streetcars operated in five U.S. cities: Little Rock, Memphis, Portland, Seattle, and Tampa. The objective of the study is to examine streetcar performance, test hypotheses about variation in performance through a combination of empirical analysis and insights derived from key informant interviews, and to identify lessons for other cities that operate or are contemplating operating streetcars

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Streetcars Around the United States

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

These streetcar simulations and videos from various US projects were shown during the second series of public meetings for the North-South Corridor in February 2014. In these meetings, DDOT examined potential conceptual alignments for streetcar.

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Seattle, WA: Streetcars in Seattle

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The sights and sounds of Seattle streetcars.-OlsonHDR on YouTube.

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Relationships Between Streetcars and the Built Environment

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Streetcar Cover

In the past 20 years, numerous cities have planned and implemented new rail transit systems. This movement has coincided with other urban regeneration trends, bringing new life to urban centers and advancing strategies to manage growth that promote more efficient patterns of development. Various forms of heavy rail, light rail, and streetcar systems have been built, many with robust ridership and popularity, owing to a rediscovery of this form of transportation, as well as concerns about growing traffic congestion, volatile fuel prices, and climate change.

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