Tag Archives: OKC

”Atlanta Streetcar’s Early Ridership Numbers Disappoint”

Atlanta Streetcar

This is exactly what I fear for the OKC “rail-based” streetcar project:

[T]ransit critics will cite for years to come as evidence against expansions of any kind.

via Atlanta Streetcar’s Early Ridership Numbers Disappoint | Streetsblog USA.

Pay Attention OKC! “Rethinking How To Assess Public Transit Needs”

Not a KC streetcar

Podcast: Rethinking How To Assess Public Transit Needs | KCUR.

As is often the case, Jarrett Walker talks sense about transit and has some thoughts on streetcar-before-bus systems.  OKC, pay attention!

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.