Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts: San Antonio’s Modern Streetcar & SmartMove

Planning is underway for new streetcar systems in non-traditional transit communities, such as San Antonio, Texas, as featured in this article. The introduction of streetcars are part of a larger collection of mobility improvements as envisioned by transit planners called "SmartMove." San Antonio's regional transit provider, VIA Metropolitan Transit, is leading the five-year plan to introduce a Modern Streetcar operation that will compliment three new local transit centers with the hope of improving air quality, sparking economic development, reducing traffic congestion, creating livable neighborhoods, and increasing mobility. It has been since 1933 when San Antonio last had electrified rail service, the need for which now has been driven by its vibrant districts with iconic attractions, such as the Alamo, Alamodome and Riverwalk, drawing hundreds of thousands of annual tourists. Currently the initiative is transitioning into the environmental assessment and preliminary engineering planning phase with final design and construction potentially as early as Fall 2014. Along with Bus Rapid Transit, the Modern Streetcar is a key component of SmartMove, with the proposed streetcar routes as only the beginning of a system that it is hoped will expand into the surrounding inner city neighborhoods.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 38-39
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  • Accession Number: 01535357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2014 3:53PM