Originally Posted by AndresAndujar
I just read the earlier parts of the thread. The streetcar is a recommendation by the planners. The whole master plan is a footprint for future development. The budget for the streetcar is rounded to $8 million per mile, so the three miles represented in the mater plan will require $24 million.
Homer Williams statements about their rail car in Portland would lead us to believe the $24 million investment would be well spent here! Another statement by Homer I really liked was "Give me four corners and I'll give you a neighborhood!"
The modern streetcar is a popular new development in a lot of cities-- here in Seattle, we're getting it. Back in Portland, we had it. Why not in my hometown? Even Tucson is getting one!
I think since it's in the frame of reference of an entirely new development, support should be pretty great.
From the shown alignment, it looks like the current "streetcar" and the number 7 sightseer bus will both experience a lot of overlap. Since both these services are fairly boutique, do you think in some ideal future the tram could absorb these routes?
Further to this, what is the operating name of the trolley/streetcar? I noticed "tram" in one of the documents... that would be an excellent name for the service, seeing as it's very european and exactly the vibe San Antonio seems to embrace pretty openly.