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New Haven Streetcar Plan

September 23, 2010


What is a Streetcar?
Streetcars are a type of electric light rail transit that run in mixed traffic. Streetcars are part of a broader urban transportation system and are used for short, frequent trips within a downtown area. In addition to their transportation benefits, streetcars encourage development along their routes, making their surroundings more desirable and increasing property values. Streetcars are not only people-movers; they are place-makers.

The purpose of the streetcar would be to provide an alternative mode of transportation in Downtown New Haven. With the plan to convert Route 34 from a divided highway into a more neighborhood-friendly boulevard, the streetcar would help relieve
traffic congestion and accommodate the Route 34 overflow and future transit service demand. The streetcar would also connect residents and visitors to commuter and regional rail lines via service to Union Station.

The City of New Haven is developing a plan for a modern streetcar line that would connect three growing districts: 1. Downtown, 2. the Yale-New Haven Hospital medical district, 3. and Union Station. Due to continuing growth in Downtown New Haven, there is increasing demand for transit and nonmotorized connectivity. The initial 3-mile streetcar line that is being planned is intended to relieve congestion and enhance
the livability, walkability, and sustainability of Downtown.

New Haven is the educational and cultural center of southern Connecticut and is emerging as a Northeastern center of knowledge-based industries. Downtown New Haven is thriving. Over one million square feet of new development is planned or under construction, including the largest private construction project ever built in New Haven and the greenest large-scale residential building in Connecticut. The streetcar is being planned as an important component of the City’s overall transportation strategy, providing a critical link with Downtown and an alternative to private automobiles.

In pursuing a streetcar, the City is taking a lesson from midsized cities across the country where streetcars have promoted economic development and improved mobility. In New Haven, the streetcar is seen as essential and complementary to a number of projects being pursued, including:
• Route 34 Downtown Crossing Project – Conversion to a pedestrian-friendly urban boulevard.
• Union Station – Redevelopment of the historic station as a transit-oriented mixed use community.
• Gateway Community College – Relocation of a 5,800-student college to a Downtown campus.
• 100 College Street – New 400,000 s.f. bioscience development, creating 900 new permanent jobs.
• Yale New Haven Hospital – Smilow Cancer Center, one of 41 comprehensive centers nationwide

. Planned Streetcar Starter Route

Potential Future Extensions

Union Station
Gateway Community College
New Alliance Bank
Grove Street Garage
Peabody Museum (North)
Science Hill
Peabody Museum (South)
Grove Street
Elm Street & Temple Street
Temple Street Garage
Yale Medical Center
New Haven Green

The project will spur economic development along a key Charlotte corridor, supporting local neighborhoods and connecting diverse areas of the city with the downtown business center. It will enhance connectivity between regional transit corridors, connect Charlotte’s two downtown transportation hubs, and reduce short inner-city auto trips, parking demand and vehicle emissions.

Routing and Schedule:
• 10-mile modern street-running streetcar corridor from the Rosa Parks
Place Community Transit Center on Beatties Ford Rd, through Center
City Charlotte via Trade St, to Eastland Mall on Central Ave.
• 34 proposed transit stops
• Frequency:
– Peak: 7.5-10 minute headways
– Off-peak: 15 minute headways
• Projected daily ridership (2030): 16,000
Integrating Charlotte’s Regional Transportation System:
• Enhances and optimizes service on the system’s three most productive bus routes – the Gold Rush Red Line, Route 7 on Beatties Rd and Route 9 on Central Ave.
• Connects the existing Charlotte Transportation Center (CTC), served by
CATS buses and the Blue Line light rail system, with the planned Charlotte Gateway Station, served by Amtrak, Greyhound and regional commuter trains.
• Increases ridership and convenience of the five regional rapid transit corridors.
• Connects diverse neighborhoods to the downtown business center.
• Links businesses, educational institutions (3 college institutions) & cultural facilities.

Engine for Economic Growth:
• Streetcar could increase residential development along corridor by 44-73%
• Streetcar could increase retail along corridor by 44-54% and office/hotels by 13-17%
• Local tax revenue could increase by average $7.3 million to $13.3 million over 25 years.



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Following four illustrations are an artist's rendition of New Haven streetcars.








An artists rendition of a New Haven streetcar at the town hall area.












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Artist's rendition of the Brown Medical complex of New Haven.





The above two photos shows New Haven streetcars before the mass transit demolition era occured in America. Truly, the "good 'ol days." The setting is 1940's and 1950's.