Paris T3 – image from wikipedia – note the seven-segment vehicle, dedicated right of way, and grass tracks.
Last month, Yonah Freemark’s post on the rapid expansion of tramways in France caught my eye. These systems offer several key lessons for the streetcar projects popping up across the US, as well as here in DC.
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700 Block, 8th St SE
Winter’s freeze/thaw cycle chipped enough asphalt away from 8th St SE to expose the remaining vault of DC’s old streetcar system. The rails themselves are gone, but the underground vault that provided power for the system remains, as does one of the square access panels in the street. The rest of
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As a nice respite to DC’s heat, I was able to spend the last week in California – including several days in San Francisco. Some thoughts and observations from the trip:
Hills and Grids: Gridded streets have plenty of benefits, to be sure – but the downside is that they do not react to topography. San
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A streetcar speeds by in Toronto. CC image from Matthew Burpee.
Jarrett Walker has a wrap-up post on his debate with Patrick Condon on the need for speed in urban transit. Condon is a professor of sustainability, not a transportation planner or engineer, and his view is that we need to improve the experience of
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Excuse my timing on this, as this doesn’t leave much weekend to play with – but here are some items worth noting from the previous week or so:
Streetcars bridge the gaps: Yonah Freemark has an excellent post on DC’s evolving streetcar network and its ability to fill the gaps in Metro’s network. Yonah’s excellent visuals
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Over the last few days, the Washington Post featured a number of streetcar pieces. First, Lisa Rein laid out the basis for the debate on overhead wires. The Post’s editorial board then chastised all the players to find a realistic and reasonable solution.
Today’s print edition features two pieces delving deeper into how streetcars fit into
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For a nice Saturday morning post, David over at Greater Greater Washington points to a great video from San Francisco, circa 1905. The video is shot from a cable car traveling down Market Street, San Francisco’s great axial street. The clock tower of the Ferry Building terminates the view, all while pedestrians, horses, cars, streetcars,
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The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off today in Vancouver, British Columbia. Design Observer has an excellent interview with Vancouver’s planning director Brent Toderian. These kinds of major sporting events can be a huge opportunity to re-shape areas and integrate larger planning projects into the public support for the games. Salt Lake City’s first light rail
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WaPo infographic on NATM for Dulles Metro
Curious about the tunnel progress for the Dulles Metro line? I ran across a WaPo infographic on the Dulles Metro line’s tunnel under the intersection of Routes 123 and 7 in Tysons Corner. This tunnel is being completed via the New Austrian Tunneling Method – the graphic explains
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Spirit of Detroit, from Maia C
…and I’m not just talking about salt, even though the Eastern Seaboard could use a lot of extra road salt right about now.
There are a couple of very interesting bits up on the net recently about Detroit and the lessons it has for the rest of America, for our
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