Streetcar Success in New Orleans

The experience of rebuilding a streetcar line in New Orleans and the subsequent neighborhood growth that followed offers lessons to other cities considering streetcar plans, according to this piece from <em>Architect Magazine</em>.
March 24, 2011, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The New Orleans experience also helps answer a common question among transit planners and cash-strapped municipalities: Why streetcars? Why not just expand bus routes? They're cheaper, more flexible to route, and far quicker to implement.

The short answer: because where streetcars go, people follow. People simply like streetcars better than buses-studies suggest that ridership typically increases by about one-third when streetcars replace a bus route. They're smooth. There's less lurching. And there's less uncertainty about where they end up."

Other cities are already looking to New Orleans as a model for streetcar development.

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Published on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in Architect
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