Savannah — Streetcar Expansion On Hold
The Savannah City Council won't rush into a project to restore streetcar service to the downtown area of the tourist-oriented coastal city, WSAV television reports. Savannah has a riverfront trolley line without overhead operated by an ex-Melbourne "W" class tram powered by biodiesel.
The Chataham Area Transit Authority presented plans for an expanded streetcar system to a special city council meeting in early December. However, City Manager Stephanie Cutter said the city has other major projects such as a new arena so will not be able to focus on the streetcar in the immeidate future.
The city wants to ensure that when the streetcar project is pursued that it will get sufficient attention to ensure success. Availability of tax funding given other projectrs is also questionable currently.
A number of officials have expressed support for the project to help move tourists through the community.
The transit agency proposed a first phase costing $55 million that would add 3.4 miles of track from the current line up Marting Luther King, and cited economic development spurred by streetcars in other cities.
More about the plan can be found at http://catconnects.com/home.html.