I was forwarded a very interesting New York Times article on the return of streetcars to US cities.
The article highlights their role in economic development. An important point that is very significant for Hamilton is:
"In years gone by, people would move to cities to get a job," Cincinnati's city manager, Milton Dohoney, said. "Today, young, educated workers move to cities with a sense of place. And if businesses see us laying rail down on a street, they'll know that's a permanent route that will have people passing by seven days a week."
Hamilton is competing for highly qualified people with the GTA and cities like Vancouver and Montreal!
One comment: the article refers to a capacity of only 130 passengers per car, but systems like Alstom Citadis take 300 passengers per car, with the possibility of linking two cars together.
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