Today’s New York Times discusses how that city is cranking up planning for a proposed streetcar line. They’ve hired
Lots of thought (this is the Times after all), and anticipation of opposition. But it closes with this terrific quote from Samuel I. Schwartz, a former city traffic commissioner:
“I’ve worked in this city for 45 years,” Mr. Schwartz said, “and frankly, if God came down and proposed the Garden of Eden, people would protest that.”
Sounds like a person clearly in touch with the people.
This REPORT is packed with information on the streetcar biz and this project. The proposed system is 16 miles long with around 30 stops. Among other planning considerations — on-board Wi-Fi & bikes, effect on bike lanes, and proximity to CitiBike stations. Interestingly, the projected ridership is 45,000 to 50,000 per day; the overall cost $2.5 B.