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Old 01-09-2015, 10:43 AM
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Atlanta Streetcar shut down after car crash shut off power - Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Atlanta Streetcar was shut down for two and a half hours Thursday after a car being chased by a state trooper crashed into a power pole, shutting off power to the streetcar.
A state trooper was chasing a stolen BMW. a crash "caused a light pole to fall on the overhead streetcar wires. Service was restored around 12:30 p.m."


Why didnt we just get electric buses?

Atleast then, you woudlnt need tracks, power lines, etc.

and would had saved MILLIONS!.

They even have WIFI on them..

look at what chattanogga did with electric bus(s)

Buses & Free Electric Shuttles

The city is served by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). CARTA operates 17 bus routes, including Free Electric Shuttles in the downtown area which run continually until 11pm along Broad Street from the Chattanooga Choo-Choo on the south side to Coolidge and Renaissance Parks and the trendy Frazier Avenue shopping area on the north shore. Free wireless Internet is also available on certain "smart buses." You can park and ride CARTA’s Free Electric Shuttles in parking garages on Frazier Avenue on the Northshore and at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on the Southside. Parking fees apply. Visit http://www.carta-bus.org/maps/shuttlemap.pdf to learn more.

The Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around Downtown Chattanooga and - it's a FREE ride! Electric shuttles run daily* about every 5 minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops every block in between. The shuttle provides front-door transportation to attractions, convention center, shopping, hotels & employment sites in the Downtown area. All Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.

Shuttle buses run about every 5 minutes
Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Sundays - 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
North Shore Shuttle buses run about every 15 minutes - Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
* The Shuttle runs daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. The Shuttle runs on a holiday schedule on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day & Labor Day.

and once again, they have FREE WIFI of them.

Old 01-09-2015, 10:51 AM
Location: Atlanta, Ga
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Because Atlanta had to play the yuppie card and think that the handful of riders a rail vs bus would have brought would somehow make up for the millions in difference.
Old 01-09-2015, 10:54 AM
Location: Atlanta
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You can put WiFi on any form of transportation Marta is trying to get free WiFi some time this year on trains and buses
Old 01-09-2015, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by ehoez View Post

Why didnt we just get electric buses?

Atleast then, you woudlnt need tracks, power lines, etc.

and would had saved MILLIONS!.
This has been discussed at agonizing length in countless other threads. Let's move on.
Old 01-09-2015, 11:07 AM
Location: North Atlanta
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Sweet, another "look-at-me I hate the Streetcar" thread.
Old 01-09-2015, 11:11 AM
Location: Kirkwood
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White people won't ride buses.
Old 01-09-2015, 11:16 AM
Location: Atlanta
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To late we have streetcars and it will be expanded
Old 01-09-2015, 11:23 AM
Location: Northville, MI
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Originally Posted by cqholt View Post
White people won't ride buses.
So how do you think all those participating in college sports travel to close by locations, smartypants .
Old 01-09-2015, 12:12 PM
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For high-frequency routes (<= 10-minute frequency, which the streetcar has), rail/streetcar is actually cheaper long-term.

Rail obviously has high costs up front, but if you annualize the costs over a long period of time (say, 30+ years), rail is ultimately cheaper since rail cars require less maintenance, no tires, less energy, and they last far, far longer than buses. It's an investment.
Old 01-09-2015, 12:44 PM
Location: Georgia
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Let me get this straight: Somebody was running from the cops, crashed into a streetcar pole, and shut down the streetcar.

And it's the streetcar's fault.

Yeah, that totally makes sense.
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