There has been much talk about Dayton’s electric trolleys as of late. And though the local media has reported that the RTA is considering the possibility of getting rid of the trolleys because of their maintenance expense, RTA officials insist that this is not necessarily true, and that they are simply analyzing all aspects of their operations to determine how best to manage their budget.
This is happening at a time that cities elsewhere in the country are rediscovering the allure of the streetcar, which were popular a century ago. Unlike buses (which are unfortunately viewed as transportation for lower-income folks in many cities like Dayton), the streetcar is considered to have a sense of nostalgia, and are being brought back in cities in order to connect recently revitalized urban neighborhoods and districts. Dayton and its sea of revitalization islands might want to consider a similiar project. Heck, we already have the electric cables in place. And it would be yet one more thing that can’t be found in the suburbs. What do you think?
Link: Cities rediscover allure of streetcars – USATODAY.com.
By Haya El Nasser, USA TODAY
The streetcars that rumbled and clanged through many American cities from the late 1800s until World War II helped shape neighborhoods. More than a half-century later, streetcars are coming back and reviving the same neighborhoods they helped create.
Several cities have resurrected the streetcar tradition and about three dozen others plan to