Sunday, October 18, 2015
Streetcars verses Busses, making sense of it...
Some ask: Why not just run a bus line to connect the Central Business District?
Streetcar advocates say: Because bus lines do not generate economic activity.
Many studies have shown that streetcars generate economic benefits for the districts they serve. The reason apparently is that developers and businesses know that a fixed transportation line is going to be in place for many ,many years and so their investment in buildings or businesses have a chance to grow and succeed with a flow of people past their door. A bus line can be changed fairly easily, leaving a business without a "delivered"customer base.
Here's more information about the "Why's and Wherefore's" of Streetcars verses the bus; 2012 Urban Review study