Would a street car system help your town?

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    Can streetcars save America's cities? - CNN.com

    As a kid I rode the Street Cars to school everyday 'til I got my driver's license, and today ride BART to the Street Car and on to AT&T park (the home of the World Champion Giants, btw).

    Building the cars and rails would provide jobs, badly needed today, reduce our need for foreign oil, reduce pollution and make commutes less stressful for many.
    Of course some disagree. What's your opinion?
     
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    It has to be a really high density town to make it worth while. It is good for SF, as the population density there can support it.

    BART also is pretty intelligently designed in terms of where they put the suburban stops. I don't know what the folks at TRI Met were thinking when they installed the MAX system, except how to get the lowest possible level of ridership for the trains.
     
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    We had street cars in Pittsburgh until the mid 1960s. GM had a bus building division that had more political sway than Port Authority Transit.

    Could I get just one streetcar named "Desire"?
     
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    I think it would.

    We have over 4,000 people in our town and people really want to go places.

    A streetcar would likely be the answer.
     
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    But streetcars need specialized infrastructure. Tracks, stops, power supplies. Dayton, Ohio has a system that uses electric motors and overhead lines in downtown routes. The 'streetcars' are actually modified buses with rubber tires. As they leave the electrically powered routes downtown, they transition into diesel powered buses for the residential routes.
     
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    We had a great street car system in our town, and we have one trolley now. Of course it is really a bus that looks like a trolley, but it is pretty popular.
     
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    Most cities and states are broke. Who pays for the never ending subsidies and cost overruns for this crap?
     
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    I think the biggest help in jobs and energy reduction, etc would be in a intercity light rail network.
    Most cities are too spread out to have trollies benefit them much.
    America was mostly designed around cheap gas.

    A monorail system down the median of many sections of interstate would be very nice.
     
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