Friday, December 11, 2009

Cities desire streetcars

At least 45 U.S. cities are considering adding street car lines after the recent announcement by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that $130 million will soon be available to communities looking to build these mass-transit lines. The list includes Augusta, Georgia; Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. With grants as high as $25 million each, it could be quite a battle for a piece of the pie.

What do you think about this idea? Does your firm stand to benefit from the construction of these new rail lines? If so, would you prefer to see them go to the big cities or have the money more spread out among several dozen smaller projects?

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