Back on the street

A number of cities in the United States have been developing streetcar systems, which increase transportation options and stimulate economic development. Streetcars originally fell out of favor in the mid-twentieth century, as the popularity of automobiles grew. Now they are making a comeback, with a number of cities planning, developing, and launching lines. Streetcars are less costly to build than light rail and subways, and they can attract travelers and businesses to their routes. Streetcar systems can provide links between residential neighborhoods and pedestrian-friendly downtown areas. The streetcar system in Portland, Oregon has already brought in nearly $3.5 billion in economic development. Many other systems under development, such as the one in Tuscon, Arizona, are attempting to duplicate Portland’s success.

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  • Accession Number: 01528937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2014 11:49PM