Stamford, CT — Circulator Study Awarded
Rail Transit Online, February 2008
UPS Corp. has been selected by the city to undertake a feasibility study on a proposed 2.3-mi. (3.7 km) modern streetcar circulator route connecting downtown with the South End, primarily along Atlantic Street and
Summer Street. Last October, the city agreed to spend up to $125,000 for the study.
Final negotiations with UPS were still
underway in late February and a final deal
must still be approved by Stamford's board
of finance and board of representatives. However, officials are certain a deal will be struck and work on the analysis will begin by mid-March for completion in November.
"This study is going to give people within the community a chance to understand the impacts of this type of system, and how it would integrate into the city, and to determine what kind of system makes sense," Transportation Planner Joshua Lecar told The
Stamford Times. A number of new residential developments are underway and the goal would be to offer effective public transportation so residents would not have to use their cars.
Among the major issues to be examined is whether streetcars could operate on existing roads without significantly impacting traffic. Lecar said many hurdles would have to be surmounted before the system could be built and that construction is at least a decade away.