Final public streetcar meeting June 2

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The streetcar feasibility study is examining the use of electric cars like this one in Portland.

The streetcar feasibility study is examining the use of electric cars like this one in Portland.

The final public meeting for the Colorado Springs Streetcar Feasibility Study is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 2 at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.

The study has examined the economic feasibility, community interest in and cost of revitalizing an electric streetcar system in Colorado Springs, and this is the last chance to view and comment on proposed alignments, possible funding sources and potential vehicle designs.

The feasibility study began in August 2009.

“Based on the outcome of the feasibility study, our next step could be an alternatives analysis, which is a more detailed examination of our options and potential environmental impacts,” said Mountain Metropolitan Transit manager Craig Blewitt.

Read more and view proposed alignments at www.CSstreetcar.com.

6 Responses to Final public streetcar meeting June 2

  1. This would be wonderful if it succeeded.

    Bob Blaw Law
    May 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

  2. If this STUPID idea goes ANY further it “seals the deal” as Colorado Springs … National Joke. Can’t cut the grass in medians, keep Rest Rooms open in Parks, or Streetlights turned on at night BUT we can revert back to a 100 year old technology! Heaven help us … or at least you’d think so with all these phoney Churches in town.

    RJF
    May 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

  3. Bob Law …….”Did you write that response from a Medical Marijuana Dispensary?” ‘Ya gotta be kidding! Wait a minute … I’ll bet you’d stand to make a ton of dough if it went through … forgot about how everyone here has nothing more than blatant self interest!

    RJF
    May 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  4. RJF have you ever been to Portland. If you think they’re a joke, you’re mistaken. I’ll bet you voted no on the tax referendum last year. Having moved here from a small town in the midwest, with very little to offer in the way of services, but with a huge appetite for taxes, the homeowners of El Paso county need to realize that you can’t have tons of services without paying. I paid $3500 a year in taxes on a $140,000 home in Illinois, now I pay $1200 on a $225,000 home here. I would gladly pay the extra $200 a year that we were asked to ante up. I love this city, but it isn’t 1970 any longer, you’ve grown into a big city, and it’s time to realize it.

    Steve
    May 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

  5. How much are they spending on these “feasibility studies” I wonder? It would be cool, if it were privately funded, or the City just had so much dough they literally didn’t know what else to do with it.

    Ed Duffy
    May 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

  6. Hey Steve,

    I have been to Portland OR, and often I watched the trains run, and about the only time any real number of people used them was during rush hour ( much like Denver ).

    The rest of the time they were running at 1/4 full or less, and they were trying to pass laws to make it tougher on auto drivers ( turning the hwys into tollways and mandating that busses had the right of way ), to convince more people to take public transportation, so that public transportation would pay for it’s self.

    Without a lot of people living in outlying areas, commuting to work in or near the center of C/S, it’s a loosing proposition – simply put C/S is so small, it’s more efficient in time and money, to own a vehicle, than to take public transportation. Between few stops and fewer routes, and the fact that anyone that takes a route that has the busses stopping at the bus barn downtown for ~20 minutes, when you can drive anyplace on your own in 30 minutes, and in some places it’s a mile to the nearest bus stop from work or the house, it is simply not worth the time and aggravation.

    If your going to install a electric street car, you may as well do something that makes sense, like an express run from one mall to another for a ‘one stop’ park and shop experience and/or an express the ran back and forth from C/S Airport to the Citadel Mall.

    The only place where I have seen public transportation work worth beans was in Austin TX, where they had express runs, so that folks that had to get to outlying areas didn’t have to wait on each single stop between where they where they worked or went to school and the the first stop in the outlying area.

    Greg
    May 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm