A Transit Solution From The Past

Light rail, bus rapid transit and dedicated lanes are all up for consideration in Virginia's Hampton Roads metropolitan region. The area is studying options that may give the area -- where streetcars once prospered -- a familiar feel.

"More than 50 years ago, shipyard workers jumped on downtown trolleys to get to work. For decades, boxy streetcars schlepped through Hilton Village or along Chesapeake Avenue - until the rise of the automobile pushed them out of business."

"Now history might reverse itself - if the dollars are right."

"The Newport News City Council has agreed to let Hampton Roads Transit add streetcars to a study of mass transportation options that would make sense for the city."

"The $3 million study, which is fully federally funded, is scheduled to be released this fall."

"According to preliminary estimates, light-rail would cost about $250 million compared to about $241 million for streetcars. Federal money would pay 50 percent of the cost of construction, with another 25 percent coming from the state and 25 percent from the city."

"The study will look at running streetcars on their own tracks on exclusive rights-of-way, mingling them in regular traffic or using some combination of the two."

Full Story: Transit's future in the past?

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95