Planned Streetcar Systems

Albuquerque | Atlanta | Austin | Baltimore | Boise | Charlotte | Cincinnati | Columbus | Dallas | Detroit | Fort Lauderdale | Fort Worth | Hampton Roads | Kansas City | Los Angeles | Miami | Milwaukee | Minneapolis | Montréal | New Haven | New Orleans | Oklahoma City | Phoenix | Portland | Providence | Reno | Sacramento | San Antonio | San Diego | San Francisco | Seattle | Stamford | St. Louis | Vancouver | Washington

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  • Albuquerque
    • Modern Streetcar
      • New route runs east-west from the Bio Park and Nob Hill, via Old Town, Downtown, Edo, and the University of New Mexico, along Central Avenue
      • State of New Mexico proposes adding a secondary route running north-south from the University of New Mexico to the Sun Port airport
      • $280 to $430 million cost
      • 7,100 projected daily riders
      • Still in review – funding has not been secured and construction timeline is not yet ready
  • Austin
    • City of Austin Urban Rail- 2017
      • 16.5-mile new line from waterfront north
      • Hybrid streetcar/light rail operations
      • $1.3-1.7 billion likely system cost, depending on phasing
      • Construction could begin in 2014
      • Not currently funded
  • Baltimore
    • Charles Street Streetcar
      • New line, running from the Inner Harbor waterfront to Johns Hopkins University, along Charles Street, St. Paul Street, and Cathedral Street, via Penn Station
      • $150 million likely cost
      • Not currently funded
  • Boise
    • Boise Streetcar
      • 2.3-mile loop running east-west on Main and Idaho Streets, extends from Noble Park to 15th Street
      • Cost of $50-60 million
      • Future phases could be extended across the city
  • Charlotte
    • Center City Streetcar- 2015
      • Starter system of 1.5 miles is funded by $25 million U.S. DOT Urban Circulator grant
      • Initial route will run from Charlotte Transportation Center to Presbyterian Hospital with six stops
      • Initial service will be provided by historic streetcars
      • Full extension to 10-mile line, leading west and east from Uptown, is planned but not funded
      • Construction expected to begin in 2012
  • Cincinnati
    • Streetcar
      • First, 2-mile phase of project, currently under construction
      • Latter phases, adding about 1.5 miles, will extend north to the University of Cincinnati
      • 6,400 projected daily riders for full alignment
  • Columbus
    • Downtown Streetcar
      • 2.8-mile new line, running from Downtown to the Ohio State University, along High Street
      • May be expanded into a 13-mile full line (as LRT/Streetcar combination) running north from Ohio State to Delaware County, via existing freight tracks, depending on funding
      • Costs could run from $100 to $650 million
  • Dallas
    • Downtown Streetcar - Funded
      • Currently being planned, with no set route, would run downtown as an extension of the M-Line streetcar, though it would run with modern vehicles
      • May run across Trinity River towards Oak Cliff
  • Detroit
    • Detroit Streetcar
      • 3 to 8-mile new line running northwest from Downtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue via Midtown, with connection to Detroit-Ann Arbor CR
      • Funds have come from public and private sources
      • Unclear future dependent on federal funding
  • Fort Lauderdale
    • Fort Lauderdale Downtown “Wave” Streetcar - 2014
      • 2.7-mile downtown and inner-city circulator, roughly paralleling the Florida East Coast Railway route
      • 10 stations from Broward General Medical Center to North 8th Street
      • $124.34 million construction costs. Funded by a TIGER grant in summer 2012.
    • Central Broward East-West Transit
      • Route from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport, north through downtown, then west along Griffin Road to Davie
      • Express bus will complete corridor to Sawgrass Mills and Bank Atlantic Center
      • Original plan was for light rail system along route; could share downtown alignment with proposed downtown streetcar system
  • Fort Worth
    • Fort Worth StreetcarPartially Funded
      • Downtown and inner-city circulator
      • Received $25 million U.S. DOT Urban Circulator Grant
      • Planning was put on hold in late 2010
  • Kansas City
    • Streetcar Line
      • 2-mile route from River Market to Crown Center
      • Likely alignment along Main Street
      • No funding currently available for project
  • Los Angeles
    • Downtown Streetcar- 2014
      • Though route is not yet finalized, it would connect Staples Center and Bunker Hill
      • Price could approach $100 million
      • Funding not assured but City Council has approved $5 million in future funding for the project
      • Construction could begin in 2012
  • Miami
    • Miami Streetcar – 2012
      • 10.6-mile system of lines in and around Downtown Miami
      • Three general alignments:
        • North-South, from Government Center to the Miami Design District
        • West-South, from Government Center to Civic Center/Heath District
        • North-West, from Miami Design District to Civic Center/Health District
      • $200 million cost
      • 7,400 to 17,400 projected daily riders
      • Construction currently postponed indefinitely
  • Milwaukee
    • Milwaukee ConnectorPartially Funded
      • Line would extend from northeast downtown towards the southwest, with potential future extensions going elsewhere in the city
      • $55 million currently earmarked for the streetcar program
  • Minneapolis
    • Streetcar- 2020-2050
      • Seven proposed lines:
        • Northwest to Robbinsdale
        • Southwest along Hennipin Avenue to Lake of the Isles
        • East-west along Lake Street from Hiawatha Avenue to St. Louis Park
        • South along Nicolette Avenue to 46th Street
        • South along Chicago Avenue to 38th Street
        • East across Mississippi River and along 2nd Street and University Avenue
        • North along Central Avenue to Columbia Heights and Hilltop
      • Long-term project without set construction or completion dates; no currently set-aside revenue
  • Montréal
    • Streetcar System
      • Several miles of new streetcar lines within the city borders, connecting areas not currently well served by the Metro system
      • Not currently funded
  • New Haven
    • Downtown Streetcar
      • 3-mile new line would extend from Union Station to downtown, via Yale-New Haven Medical Center
      • Future links could run to the suburbs of West Haven and Hamden
      • No funding currently available, and Board of Aldermen have rejecting matching federal funds for project
      • Project coincides with the replacement of a downtown highway with a boulevard
  • New Orleans
    • Streetcar System ExpansionsPartially Funded
      • 6.54-mile east-west line would run from Union Passenger Terminal to Press Street along Loyola Avenue, N. Rampart Street, and St. Claude Avenue
      • Project may include extension of riverfront streetcar north along Elysian Fields Avenue
      • Received $45 million in funding from the U.S. DOT in TIGER grants for the segment from Union Passenger Terminal to Canal Street (now under construction); other sections need additional money
      • A loop around the convention center is possible
  • Oklahoma City
    • Streetcar LinePartially Funded- 2014
      • 5 or 6-mile new line would run from downtown in a north-south transit mall with an extension to a north central neighborhood
      • Project would provide access to Union Station, where commuter rail and high-speed rail lines would be located
      • Funded by city’s approval of MAPS3 sales tax in November 2009
      • Cost likely to be around $130 million, though project’s size could increase with state or federal funding
  • Phoenix
    • Tempe South StreetcarPartially Funded- 2016
      • 2.6-mile corridor heads south from Downtown Tempe to Southern Avenue along Mill Avenue
      • Construction expected to begin 2013
      • A future phase, currently unfunded, could be extended east along Southern Avenue to Rural Road; other extensions could extend south along Rural Road or east/west along Rio Salado Parkway from Mill Avenue
      • An associated bus rapid transit line is planned for Rural Road from LRT to Chandler Boulevard
  • Reno
    • Downtown Streetcar
      • 1.5-mile line along Virginia Street between Lawlor Events Center and California Avenue
      • $67 million cost for initial phase
      • Second phase of streetcar system, at $84 million, would span 3.5 miles of Virginia Street from California Avenue to the Convention Center
  • San Antonio
    • Downtown Streetcar- 2015/2016 – FUNDED
      • 2.2-mile north-east route, mostly along Broadway, connecting the Pearl Brewery with the East Side Transit Hub, via the River Walk and the Convention Center
      • A future east-west route from the East Side Transit Hub to the West Side Transit Hub could extend the line, but for now this function will be provided by a bus circulator beginning in 2012
      • Funding provided by VIA Transit, City of San Antonio, and Bexar County
      • Construction could begin in 2013
  • San Diego
    • City/Park Streetcar
      • 1.2-mile project would connect downtown and San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park
      • Stops proposed at Smart Corner, City College, San Diego High School, Presidents Way, Naval Medical Center, Prado, and Zoo
      • Expected ridership of 1,000-2,000 riders a day
      • $68.2 million estimated cost, not including vehicles
      • No funding currently for project.
  • Stamford
    • Streetcar System
      • 5-mile one-way or two-way lines on Atlantic and Bedford Streets, and potentially Washington Boulevard
      • $129 million construction cost
  • St. Louis
    • Downtown Streetcar
      • 7-mile modern streetcar route connecting downtown St. Louis to Grand Center/St. Louis University and Central West End/Washington University Medical Center neighborhoods.
      • Project would not link with Delmar Loop Trolley.
    • Delmar Loop Trolley
      • 2.2-mile new line, connecting Forest Park to Trinity, via Delmar Loop
      • Connections with Metrolink system at Forest Park and Delmar stations
      • $44 million construction cost, of which $25 million will be covered by federal Urban Circulator funds
      • Intended to use “heritage” trolley replica vehicles
  • Vancouver
    • Streetcar System
      • Several miles of new lines, running in downtown Vancouver and in False Creek
      • Construction will depend on the success of the demonstration streetcar being built for the 2010 Olympics
  • Washington, D.C.
    • Columbia Pike Streetcar- 2014
      • 4.7-mile long new line in Arlington and Fairfax Counties (Virginia), from Pentagon City to Skyline along the Columbia Pike, with a connection to the Metro Blue and Yellow Lines at Pentagon City.
      • Construction is likely to begin in 2012
    • Arlington-Alexandria Route 1 Streetcar- 2019
      • New line would run from Crystal City to Potomac Yard (where a new Metrorail station is planned), and potentially continuing on to Braddock Road Metrorail station
      • Planning for the project will begin in 2013

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