Columbus — Streetcar Study
Rail Transit Online, August 2006
The city council on July 24 voted to spend $47,500 on a downtown
streetcar feasibility study that will be commissioned by the Columbus
Downtown Development Corporation. During the debate, rail transit supporter
Councilwoman Maryellen O'Shaughnessy suggested that, if the streetcar is
built, the infrastructure be designed to LRT standards “…so we don't
preclude light rail in our downtown in the future.” (The Central Ohio
Transit Authority board of trustees on July 10 scrapped a proposed 13.2-mi.
[21.2 km] LRT route from downtown Columbus to Polaris when it became
apparent that the line would not be eligible for federal funding.) A public
meeting on the streetcar proposal has already been held to obtain input from
residents. Several routes were suggested, all but one beginning on High
Street. A streetcar system was first proposed in a State of the City speech
by Mayor Michael B. Coleman, who later convened the Downtown Streetcar
Project Working Group.