Clang, Clang, Crunch: The Truth About Streetcars

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2011 at 5:15 am

Why should Dallas build a tiny, inefficient streetcar line when it’s broke? Because trolleys are groovy.

We are about to spend $40 million to build less than two miles of modern streetcar line linking downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff. A few things to keep in mind:

•According to the experts, modern streetcars are no better at carrying people around than other transit methods, maybe a little worse.

•Streetcars never pay for themselves.

•Streetcars are less green than buses.

•Other than that, they’re great.

People love them. Something about a sleek new streetcar—the soft whir of electric technology, the aura of Euro-cool—draws people powerfully. Advocates in Portland, Oregon, claim their streetcar line has spurred billions of dollars in redevelopment because people want to live near streetcars.

Read more at Dallas Observer