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City Council approves transfer of Atlanta Streetcar to MARTA

Rail| September 20, 2017

The $99 million streetcar opened in December 2014 amid sky-high expectations, but ridership failed to meet expectations in its first year and plummeted nearly 60% after the city began charging $1 to ride.

Understanding Streetcar Costs, Funding, Operations and Partnerships

| August 2, 2017

On a per-mile, capital cost basis, streetcar systems typically cost more than bus systems, but less than light rail (LRT). One of the biggest contributors to this difference is right-of-way: streetcars and buses typically run within an existing roadway and thus require minimal property acquisition...

Rail| July 5, 2017

Minn. Metro Transit resumes full light rail service following 11-day shutdown

Meanwhile, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that engineers have all but dropped a possible light rail line from plans to connect St. Paul's Union Depot to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington

May 30, 2017

The Evolution of Streetcar Technology

While streetcars may seem like an old fashioned or nostalgic mode of transportation, today’s streetcar is far from your grandmother’s trolley. The modern streetcar has evolved in major ways in response to shifts in community needs as well as technological advances.

Rail| April 12, 2017

Brookville completes Detroit's QLINE streetcar delivery early

The streetcars have been gradually undergoing testing in preparation for the forthcoming line opening.

March 22, 2017

How Cities Are Embracing Streetcars Once Again

The streetcar might seem like a transit method of the past, but look at some of the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. — Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Orange County — and it’s clear that cities are starting to embrace the streetcar once again. While it’s one cog in the wheel of a comprehensive transit system, streetcar systems can act as a boon for economic development, and a powerful tool for revitalizing sagging corridors and attracting the much-sought after talent of a young, hip workforce who choose to reduce, delay, or completely forego car ownership.

Rail| March 21, 2017

TTC says bus, streetcar safety improvements saving lives

According to a report on the agency’s Safe Service Action Plan, from the start of 2015 to the end of 2016 there were six deadly crashes involving buses or streetcars. In the four years before that, there were 21 fatal collisions.

Rail| March 13, 2017

Detroit's QLine streetcar official launch date set

The 6.6-mile Woodward loop includes 20 stops, with end-to-end rides predicted to take 22 to 25 minutes as the streetcars moving at the speed of vehicle traffic.

Rail| March 9, 2017

2 KC streetcar petitions headed for August ballot

One of the petitions seeks two sales taxes totaling three-eighths of a cent for 25 years to pay for streetcar expansion, while the other would prohibit Kansas City from doing any planning or implementing of any fixed-rail expansion without a citywide vote.

Rail| February 28, 2017

Innovative Design Solutions Help Bring Streetcars Back to Cincinnati

For the first time since 1951, streetcars are providing convenient and affordable public transportation in downtown. The 3.6-mile Cincinnati Bell Connector is the first fully low-floor system in the U.S.

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