Streetcars are back in the U.S. in a big way. Inspired by the Portland Streetcar, and helped along by federal programs like New Starts and TIGER, cities across the United States are breaking ground and beginning service on modern streetcar systems.
At Beyond DC, Dan Malouff runs down the projects that will begin service this year:
Many other cities, including Arlington, have streetcars that aren’t expected to begin construction yet, but aren’t far behind.
It will be interesting to see what kind of impact these streetcars have on transit and urban development in these cities, especially the smaller ones that haven't had any rail for decades.
Elsewhere on the Network today: Missouri Bicycle Federation shares the news that Jerry Seinfeld really likes to walk or bike to work. Cyclelicious speaks with a leading bike advocate about the importance of social media in uniting people around the cause. And Parksify shares a great adaptive reuse idea from New York City: transforming a parking lot into an ice skating rink.