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2017 Rail Project Focus: Detroit, Phoenix, and Seattle

An in-depth look at the recently completed QLine streetcar in Detroit, as well as rapid expansions and community support for Ariz.’s Valley Metro Rail and Seattle’s Sound Transit, where both agencies are spearheading aggressive plans to grow their rail systems.

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.