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For those of you in Colorado Springs who pine for the days of yore when you could hop aboard a charming streetcar, lean out into the foggy breeze and sing the Rice-a-Roni jingle to the world, you may be surprised to know that it’s not such a far-fetched pipe dream (with the possible exception of the foggy breeze).
Last night, a group of stakeholders from the downtown area met to talk about the feasibility of having a streetcar system running through the streets of Colorado Springs once again (more on the history of streetcars in Colorado Springs tomorrow). And in January of 2010, the process will be open to public input (stay tuned).
We’re sure you have a lot of questions about such a possibility, and so did we. So we spoke with Bill Bottini, Transit Supervisor for the City of Colorado Springs, and Ed Hocker, Senior Transportation Planner for URS Corporation, two of the men closely involved in the feasibility study. (You can download the interview below by right-clicking on the link or you can stream it by clicking the play button below the link).
Tomorrow we’ll bring you a slideshow of beautiful antique streetcars (like the one pictured above. No, it’s not a Photoshop job.) already being restored right here in Colorado Springs and an interview with two of the men from the The Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation, which operates what may be the most interesting museum in Colorado Springs that you’ve probably never heard of.
If you want even more information such as maps of the study area and possible routes you can go to CSStreetcar.com.