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Thursday, April 21, 2011

CP: DDOT Lays Out Streetcar Plans

Streetcars
The City Paper covers last night's streetcar meeting at the Atlas.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Good: Street construction finishing June 30; possible light priority for buses and streetcars; enormous funding commitment from the Gray administration.

The Bad: Completion date pushed to late 2012; no deal yet on the Hopscotch turnaround

Anonymous said...

why can't it go over hopscotch?

charles said...

Streetcars can't make a grade that steep.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why they just don't go over the bridge myself. If they can't make the bridge grade as-is, what is the new bridge going to look like that the streetcar is supposed to go over?

Anonymous said...

They want it to connect to US and house a maintenance or storage facility there. Once the connection to Washington Circle is made the streetcar will go over the bridge.

Anonymous said...

How can streetcars negotiate positive and negative grades in San Francisco? Surely there are hills just as steep out there. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

"Streetcars" in San Francisco use a completely different system-- they are cable cars. They physically grab a moving cable under the ground, and this cable is able to pull the car up very steep hills, as opposed to using drive wheels on the car itself.

Anonymous said...

san francisco has both trolleys and cable cars. dc used to have a cable car system too.

wouldn't a simpler option be to reroute the line north on 3rd, up to noma then go past the ny ave station?

why must it connect to union station?

Anonymous said...

Easier said than done. Rerouting it though a residential area would probably be a non-starter, but maybe it's possible.

Anonymous said...

if a route through residential blocks is a non starter, then none of the other proposed lines have a shot.