2020 Streetcar Summit Canceled
The 2020 Streetcar Summit originally scheduled for April 26-28, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been canceled due to the social isolation recommendations related to COVID-19. The Summit has been rescheduled for April 25-27, 2021. If you have already registered, refunds are being issued.
The Community Streetcar Coalition will still be producing a digital version of the annual Summit Book, an update on all streetcar projects around the country. Please submit your updates to Julie Gustafson.
Streetcar Cost Newsletter: Volume 1
Why is the Labor Market Important to CSC?
Transit projects are labor intensive requiring utilization of labor from various pools throughout the supply chain (e.g. manufacturing of rolling stock and materials, design and engineering, construction management and craft labor). We estimate that between 30% to 50% of a streetcar project’s capital construction cost is labor. Hence, changes in labor markets can have a significant impact to project costs. Labor markets are subject to the basic principles of supply and demand: higher supply of labor and constant or lower demand for labor by firms, typically result in lower costs of labor; inversely, cost of labor increases with lower supply of labor and higher demand by firms, both of which may be impactful to a project owners’ bottom line and firms’ operating costs.
Understanding the overall labor market can help CSC members understand the market’s capacity to support projects and the effect it may have on capital project cost.
Members of the Community Streetcar Coalition can log in to read the full newsletter in the Documents section of the Forums.
2019 Streetcar Summit in Tucson
The 10th Annual Streetcar Summit was held February 24 - 26, 2019 at the Marriott University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona. 120 members of the streetcar community gathered to discuss topics ranging from project updates to the increasing cost of construction. Community Streetcar Coalition Members have access to the presentations in the Forums section of the website. Login to gain access.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2020 Streetcar Summit in Milwaukee, WI, April 26-28, 2020. Registration information will be posted here this fall.
Congratulations to the Cincinnati Bell Connector
The City of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority celebrated the Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar on September 9, 2016. Everyone at the Community Streetcar Coalition sends our well wishes and congratulations to the project team and supporters. Read more in the Letter to the Editor by our Chairman DJ Baxter published at Cincinnati.com. To learn more about the Cincinnati Bell Connector visit www.cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar/.
Congratulations to Kansas City Streetcar
Members Kansas City, Kansas City Area Transit Authority and Kansas City Streetcar Authority celebrated the Grand Opening of the Kansas City Streetcar on May 6, 2016. Since then they have had over 360,000 riders! To learn more visit www.kcstreetcar.org.
The Mobility Benefits of the Streetcar Report
2015 Streetcar Summit Huge Success
Thank you to all who attended the 6th Annual Streetcar Summit March 17-19 in Washington, DC. With nearly 100 attendees, it was the largest Summit to date and, by all accounts, the most successful. For all Community Streetcar Coalition Members, many of the presentations and a digital copy of the Summit Book are available in the Forums section of this website in the Documents forum. Just log in for access.
Scale Map of All USA Streetcars In Operation or Under Construction
Courtesy of Greater Greater Washington
Matt Johnson at Greater Greater Washington created the above map of all the American (US) Streetcar systems that are in revenue operation or under construction. For more information on his map visit the original Greater Greater Washington web post
December 2, 2014 – Shellie Ginn, Program Administrator for the Tucson Streetcar was interviewed on NPR's "Here & Now". The discussion delved deep into the newest Modern Streetcar project which opened July 25, 2014 which is experiencing higher than anticipated development and ridership.
Light Rail and Streetcars
How they Differ, How they Overlap
APTA Report from October 2014
In October 2014 a joint effort of the Light Rail Technical Forum and Streetcar Subcommittee of the American Public Transportation Association published a brochure that explains the typical characteristics of light rail and streetcar systems. This brochure is intended to be a useful tool for civic leaders and the general public. Click the cover image below for access to the full report.