Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SH-12. Relationships Between Street Cars and the Built Environment

The purpose of this synthesis is to document experience with selected streetcar and trolley projects and their relationship with the built environment. (Streetcars and trolleys defined by APTA under the light rail mode are lightweight passenger rail cars operating singly (or in short, usually two-car, trains) on fixed rails in right-of-way that is not separated from other traffic for much of the way and typically driven electrically with power, drawn from an overhead electric line via a trolley or pantograph.) Local potential for changes in land use are often used as justification for investment in streetcar and trolley systems. However, the ability of these systems to spur growth and revitalization has not been adequately documented. There are questions regarding the direct role of such systems on the built environment versus other factors which may be also be important. In documenting experiences, this study will examine selected built US streetcar and trolley systems in order to trace their evolution, define significant factors, and identify commonalities among levels of success in impacting the built environment.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20090625
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22771

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  • Accession Number: 01462056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:57PM