Twin Cities chase a desire named streetcar

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2012 - 8:49 PM

St. Paul follows Minneapolis in determining where best routes would be.

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mpcdspFeb. 15, 12 9:01 PM

In the 1930's my parents lived near 19th and Central NE - didn't have a car. My mother worked at Honeywell, my dad worked near where the Armory was located. They rode the streetcar to work; my dad actually came home for lunch everyday on a 45 minute lunch break. Apparently the streetcars ran at about five minute intervals on Central. It might have been a "golden age" for pubic transportation; but even then ridership was declining. Possibly because so many people were out of work, and didn't need transportation. Can I get some "study" money for contributing this boring nostalgic story to the discussion?

scoutthecatFeb. 15, 12 9:15 PM

Love the headline!

hobie2Feb. 15, 12 9:17 PM

Another radical left wing idea from the Obama administration - putting in public transportation that is based on economic development and public need instead of on present ridership and its cost. What will happen to this country if we start spending tax money on planning ahead and anticipating public need? .. oh, true.. I suppose many on the right won't understand it and thus complain about paying your own way and responsibility and letting the free market take care of the air, water, and soil for the future generations... You know, things that didn't work in the 19th century but are the core of their 20th century theories...

bemmelFeb. 15, 12 9:23 PM

Great idea. Back in the 1950's Minneapolis threw the baby out with the bathwater. Time to get the baby back.

acctsah2Feb. 15, 12 9:36 PM

Can we bring back the horse and buggy? The would seem to be the next logical step in our regressive journey.

smackdaddy2Feb. 15, 12 9:36 PM

Do you hear that giant sucking sound? It is the street car stealing all of your tax money so we can go back to an antiquated to fuel some left wing utopia. Stop wasting my tax dollars on worthless things. Light rail, now this.

RossbergFeb. 15, 12 9:37 PM

Sadly, the sprawl of the Twin Cities after WWII and demand for automobiles ended what was one of the best streetcar systems in the nation which allowed a rider to go from Lake Minnetonka to Stillwater. Of course, no matter how hard we attempt to recreate the streetcar lines of the past it'll never be what it since in those days there was no handicapped accessibility and operator cost per passenger was high. However, there is certainly a market for routes running around the lakes, Como Park, Minnehaha Falls and a lot of other destinations which would be popular for tourists along with the need for feeder routes to light rail and commuter rail.

mnvet09Feb. 15, 12 9:47 PM

Maybe we can get rid of the sewer systems as well, wasn't it just nice in the olden days when sewage just ran free in the streets. Brings back some good memories. And think of all the money this would actually save. Who needs that pesky sanitation dept? Who needs progress?

carbonbigfutFeb. 15, 12 9:55 PM

St. Paul had the chance to loop their light rail around the downtown area , making it convenient for many people, but no, they put it all in a single area. Now they want to put in another system to suck tax dollars from the residents.

jarlmnFeb. 15, 12 9:59 PM

They could do better for the city by monitoring passenger stats on certain bus routes and at certain times a day, replace those big energy-consuming buses with small passenger vans like they have in Mexico. I live next to two bus stops and there are many times of the day and night that these buses are carrying *nobody*. But yeah, it is pretty laughable that we tore-out the trolleys and now want them back. That said, the combination of light rail and trolleys in certain areas of downtown Portland Or. works very well.


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