From Knowledge Center
The City of New Haven 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.
For more information, see http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/TrafficParking/Streetcar.asp.
1. Public meeting on proposed New Haven streetcar: http://www.ctdatahaven.org/blog/2010/09/new-haven-streetcar-plan-public-information-session/
2. Article explaining streetcar systems, including some of their potential pros and cons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tram
3. 3-Mile Streetcar “Starter” Route Unveiled, New Haven Independent, 9/24/10: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/city_unveils_starter_system_for_streetcars/
4. New Haven Proposes New Streetcar and a Highway Tear-Down, The Transport Politic, 4/23/09: http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2009/04/23/new-haven-proposes-new-streetcar-and-a-highway-tear-down/