The Street Car Fad

It’s getting pretty obvious that street cars are the latest urban transport fad–Atlanta now seems to want one. The problem they have is that since in most cases they mix with the general traffic stream, they only go as fast as it goes. This is the problem that makes buses so unpopular. Without raising the relative costs for private cars these projects are likely to be only modestly sucessful.

1 Comment so far

  1. sdesocio (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    My understanding is that most street car systems, like the one in Portland, and the one proposed in Cincinnati actually have sensors that change the traffic patterns to give the street cars more green lights.

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