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Case Study: The resurgence of the modern streetcar

Posted: 06/19/14

With a total of $99 billion projected investment into rail projects in 2014, $675 million will be allocated to streetcar projects, according to Metro Magazine. Across North America, the modern streetcar has risen to the forefront of progressive transportation planning, with multiple systems in the pipeline, and even more existing lines in the process of expansion.

“The nation is in the middle of a streetcar renaissance, as one city after another includes a slice of the past in its modern transportation mix,” states a USA TODAY article.

This year alone, Tucson, Atlanta and Washington D.C. are slated to open up their lines, and construction began in April on a second streetcar line in Seattle. Streetcar projects are in various stages of design or development in more than a dozen other cities, including Dallas, Salt Lake City and Kansas City, Mo.

“Since the Atlanta streetcar was announced in 2010, it has generated more than $700 million of new development along the route,” said Timothy Borchers, executive director of The Atlanta Streetcar and deputy commissioner of public works.

“There isn’t just a national renaissance of streetcars, there is an international renaissance,” says Borchers, who’s worked on streetcar projects for 36 years. “This is happening whether you’re in Germany, London or Sydney, Australia. This very year, a new 9-mile system, similar to our system, is going up in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Streetcars are becoming popular again because they work.”

M-1 RAIL joins a growing list of cities that have streetcar projects in the works; Detroit’s line will travel 3.3. miles along Woodward Avenue, connecting residents, employees and businesses to each other, and creating a greater sense of community.

The M-1 RAIL will break ground in the summer of 2014.

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Be engaged and get informed! Join M-1 RAIL as we host the March Community Advisory Council Meeting Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Triumph Church’s East Campus. The countdown to M-1 RAIL passenger ridership is on and there will be some adjustments to how you navigate the corridor. Please join M-1 RAIL for an important community conversation to learn about QLINE operations, testing schedule and the launch of our public safety education campaign.

This special CAC meetings will cover driving, cycling and walking along the Woodward Corridor, as we all now share the road. There will be a light dinner served and children’s activities will be available. There will also be sign language interpretation services available for community members who are deaf or hard of hearing. This meeting is open to ALL.

For more information and to RSVP please contact the M-1 RAIL Community Relations department at 313-483-8077 or via email at info@m1rail.org.
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M-1 RAIL Community Advisory Council Meeting

March 9, 2017, 5:30pm - March 9, 2017, 6:39pm

Be engaged and get informed! Join M-1 RAIL as we host the March Community Advisory Council Meeting Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Triumph Church’s East Campus. The countdown to M-1 RAIL passenger ride...

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