New Haven Streetcar Plan: Public Information Session

Posted by admin on Sep 8, 2010

NewHaven_Streetcar_092310_PosterThe City of New Haven invites you to attend a public information session regarding plans for a streetcar in New Haven. The City is proposing to develop a modern streetcar line stitching together three growing districts: Downtown, the Yale-New Haven Hospital Medical District, and Union Station. The initial 3-mile line will serve as an alternative mode of transportation, with the opportunity to be expanded regionally to Hamden and West Haven (8-9 miles). As result, this will amplify livable, walkable and sustainable qualities of the urban environment, while relieving heavy traffic congestion to accommodate future development. The demand for transit will allow the light rail / streetcar system to connect residents and visitors to commuter rail lines and high speed rail via service to Union Station.

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School Cafeteria, 177 College Street

A brief presentation will begin at 6:30pm to explain the plan’s purpose, starter system route, and next steps. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for discussion. Comments may be given verbally or in writing, and Study Team members will be available to answer questions.

For questions regarding this project, please contact Mr. Michael Piscitelli, AICP in the New Haven Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Department at (203) 946-8078 or via e-mail at mpiscite (at) newhavenct.net; or Ms. Susmitha Attota in the New Haven City Plan Department at (203) 946-7814 or via e-mail at sattota (at) newhavenct.net.

For more information, the project webpage at http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/TrafficParking/Streetcar.asp contains detailed information, including links to documents and maps with proposed routes.

Wikipedia has a good page on streetcar systems, available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tram. The page lists potential costs and benefits of this type of transit system.  The New Haven proposal was previously covered by the Transport Politic, a national blog on transportation issues.

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