Streetcar 35

If you missed our two-part post on the past, present and future of trolleys in Colorado Springs last October, now would be a good time to have another look (Part 1 is HERE, and Part 2 is HERE). Why?

Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) is hosting a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12 to gather input regarding the feasibility of developing an electric streetcar system in downtown Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

The meeting takes place at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. between 7:30 and 9 p.m., with a presentation scheduled at 8 p.m.

The study is a citizen-driven initiative in which the private sector is exploring creative solutions to community needs. The study is funded by a combination of federal government planning grants and funds that can be used only for planning studies.

If you’re a little confused on why such a study is taking place during such economically lean times, you’re not alone. Says the feasibility website:

The Colorado Springs Streetcar Feasibility Study will explore the relationship between streetcars and urban development in Colorado Springs by examining the feasibility of implementing a streetcar system for downtown Colorado Springs and surrounding areas along with the associated economic impact.

Supporting business, residential and cultural development in the downtown core is an important land use and economic development goal for the City of Colorado Springs. Based on the successful implementation of streetcar service and the corresponding economic development in other cities across the United States, the City of Colorado Springs is looking at the feasibility of building a streetcar system to encourage business, residential and cultural development in the downtown core.

You can get all of your questions answered and toss your two cents into the hat tomorrow night. Or you can go to the study website for history of streetcars in Colorado Springs and frequently asked questions.

 

2 Responses to Speak Out On Streetcars Tomorrow

  1. Matt H says:

    Undo the ruin of the bus system before throwing a ton of money at such a novelty as streetcars. Busses work to move people in the modern world. Streetcars won’t do anything to relieve traffic congestion, rather add to it.

  2. Noel Black says:

    I know it may seem like “a novelty,” Matt, but I’m not sure it’s that simple. For one thing, there’s Federal money available for these kinds of projects, which have proven to be huge engines for economic development. So, while it may not help in the short term where public transport is concerned, such a streetcar could help revitalize downtown, increase sales tax revenue and help spur more public transportation. Even if it were to congest traffic downtown (it probably wouldn’t run beyond Colorado College to the North and The Pioneers Museum to the South), it might inspire people to use public transport more. It’s a point/question worth brining up at the meeting, though. You should go.

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