Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta by @caninassociates
The streetcar fits a unique niche in our transportation system different from bus or light rail. It’s often described as an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods within a city. However, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience. Photo © Matt Johnson via flickr When to Implement Streetcars In late 2014, Atlanta joined a growing number of US cities to add the modern streetcar to their available transit options. For Atlanta, the new Downtown Loop is the city’s first line since the original streetcar system closed in 1949. In a recent New York Times article , Keith T. Parker, the Chief Executive of MARTA, was quoted saying this about the new three-mile line: “These are not projects for right now. These are projects for...