D.C. Area Seeks Streetcar Rebirth

Business people join with transportation planners in calling for streetcar systems in the Washington D.C. area. Several are in the works.

"Several new streetcar lines are on track to arrive in the area, planned by municipalities hoping to return their commercial corridors to the pedestrian- and tourist-friendly places they were before the automobile began to dominate the scene."

"Urban areas around the country are doing likewise, hoping to ride trolleys toward the dual ends of traffic reduction and tourist promotion."

"Locally, the desire for streetcars has centered on two congested corridors in Northern Virginia and two recovering ones in D.C."

"While there are recent stories of rejuvenated foot traffic and retail sales around streetcar lines in cities such as Portland, Ore., and Little Rock, Ark., the Washington region has been down this track before: The D.C. streetcar system was the envy of cities around the country during the "trolley fever" that swept the country in the early 1900s. But its last car was taken off the track in 1962."

Full Story: Streetcars desired

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
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95