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Old 01-27-2010, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Maybe??? Please???
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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What are the benefits of a street car system? Will it result in street closings? Is it better than just adding more buses?
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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What are the benefits of a street car system? Will it result in street closings? Is it better than just adding more buses?
my big thing is that they are cheaper over the long haul...you have to replace a bus every 10 or so years...streetcars can last many many many decades. My fiscal conservative self says money saving is always good! Why waste tax dollars on something that will break down and need to be replaced before my kid even hits high school??

another thing I like is that they do not stop as much as a bus, so when you are stuck behind one you wont have to stop as much, or when you are in one you get to your destination faster.

They are smoother too (of the ones ive ridden in)
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What are the benefits of a street car system? Will it result in street closings? Is it better than just adding more buses?
In addition to carrot's great response, developers LOVE streetcars. So do people that would never step foot on a bus (unfortunate, but true).

Laying rail attracts good development, and can truly transform entire sections of a city.

Streetcars have been credited with transforming one of the worst sections of Downtown Portland into a booming, sought-after neighborhood. Portland's Pearl District: Explore shopping, dining, galleries and more.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I hope so too, and thanks for posting this!

I'm feeling a little more upbeat about the area than usual, thanks to this unexpected development.

Now, if we could just get the vote moved up to 2010 instead of 2012, we might just be in business.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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Streetcars have been credited with transforming one of the worst sections of Downtown Portland into a booming, sought-after neighborhood. Portland's Pearl District: Explore shopping, dining, galleries and more.
Phoenix's street car line has been a success as well:
Light rail: Phoenix's surprise - St. Petersburg Times

From what I've read in the above link and elsewhere, the biggest positive of the Phoenix line has been in making local residents feel good about their city and more comfortable with exploring the downtown area without a car. Central Atlanta could certainly use a boost in community/neighborhood spirit and also some added foot traffic for businesses on the Peachtree corridor.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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^Yes, I've heard similar things about the Valley's new LRT. It is exceeding ridership expectations by several years already.

Just one thing reet4587, the proposed streetcars mentioned for us are like the ones in Portland, while Phoenix's new LRT system is using the trains we will use for the Beltline and new MARTA lines/extensions. There is quite a bit of difference between the two.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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developers LOVE streetcars. So do people that would never step foot on a bus (unfortunate, but true).
Funny isn't it



All the info about the Atlanta Streetcar: Home
About the streetcar, I believe a decision from the US DOT is expected back next month on whether or not atlanta will get the funds to start on the streetcar. If funding is approved, according to the the website work should take two years.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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One more positive for the "new" streetcar system is that most of the city proper was designed around a streetcar system. The streets and neighborhoods won't have to be reconfigured.

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Old 01-27-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Funny isn't it



All the info about the Atlanta Streetcar: Home
About the streetcar, I believe a decision from the US DOT is expected back next month on whether or not atlanta will get the funds to start on the streetcar. If funding is approved, according to the the website work should take two years.
It's just crazy!

Thanks for the great link - I haven't seen this until now!
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