News bit: Dallas part of the ‘streetcar renaissance’

Construction continues on the north side of the Jefferson Street viaduct where a streetcar will soon travel.

Construction continues on the north side of the Jefferson Street viaduct where a streetcar will soon travel.

Dallas is one of many cities seeing a resurgence in streetcars according to a story from “USA Today.”

Streetcar projects are in various stages of design or development in more than a dozen other cities, including Dallas, which plans to open a line from Union Station downtown to Oak Cliff in early 2015; Salt Lake City, where Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration is pushing a plan for a streetcar in the central business district downtown, and Kansas City, Mo., which announced last month that it had selected a vendor to operate and maintain its planned two-mile downtown streetcar line.

Dallas’ Union Station-to-Oak Cliff streetcar project is a collaborative endeavor between the City of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and the FTA.

“There isn’t just a national renaissance of streetcars, there is an international renaissance,” says [Timothy] 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.”

Click over to “USA Today” to read more about the streetcar projects nationwide and how some people aren’t as enthusiastic about the streetcar comeback.

Atlanta, other cities see a streetcar renaissance [USA Today]

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