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Exclusive lanes, please: “Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars”

“The problem we’ve had in the first generation of North American streetcars is that, with a few exceptions, they’ve been designed with the attitude that the transit function isn’t really the point,” says Walker. “Or, as they often say, this isn’t a transit tool, its a development tool, which is a bizarre kind of insistence on the separation of silos, since in Europe great transit is a development tool because the transit is designed to actually function.” – Jarrett Walker

via Seattle Wants to Change the Whole Conversation on Streetcars – CityLab.

I’ve said it before – I worry about the OKC Streetcar for this very reason.  It’s being sold as transportation (sometimes) when it’s really about economic development.  Plus, it’s a one-way loop, showing, to me at least, that it’s really not intended to move people.

“Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren’t Meeting the Standards of Good Transit”

Article: Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren’t Meeting the Standards of Good Transit – CityLab.

Jaffe plows no new ground here and, in fact, points to a Walker article that I blogged about the other week that makes some of the same points.

His use of headways to determine transit-worthiness might be a little harsh given that a lot of transit systems don’t have that many buses per hour.  Walker says it all the time: “Frequency is Freedom”.

I am really afraid that the OKC Streetcar that is still (forever?) in the planning stages will end up as decoration in the city and not useful transit.  Don’t know the proposed headway, but bet it falls short of 4 or 5 cars/hour.

Yes! “Walker: If a carpenter can’t be a hammer opponent, then I can’t be a streetcar opponent”

Human Transit: If a carpenter can’t be a hammer opponent, then I can’t be a streetcar opponent.

Just going to set this here.  I have been strongly influenced by Mr Walker’s writing and usually agree with him on most issues including this one.  And just because I got him to sign a copy of his book doesn’t mean I’m a fanboy.

“[O]n Robert Steuteville’s defense of slower-than-walking transit”

Article: Human Transit: Email of the week: on Robert Steuteville’s defense of slower-than-walking transit.

I haven’t read the article that this person is complaining about in an email to Jarrett Walker that he posted on his blog (wow – meta much?) but I’m sure I’ll come away with the same feeling.

Transit (and transportation in general) is for moving people and stuff, nothing more, nothing less.  You might get auxiliary benefits from transit — nicer streetscape, economic development — but those are byproducts of the transportation not the reason for the transportation.