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Toledo - October 2003

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Toledo, OH — Trolleys May Return

Rail Transit Online, October 2003

A downtown streetcar line would be feasible according to a preliminary version of an $890,000 Regional Core Circulator Study conducted by Wilbur Smith Associates and Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. for the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG).  An initial route would link the Toledo Farmers’ Market, SeaGate Centre and Government Center with a transportation center at Cherry Street and Buckeye Basin Greenbelt Parkway.  The consultants estimate capital costs at around $35 million, including the transportation center and its park-and-ride lot.  No funding sources have yet been identified but officials expect to ask for federal grants should the proposal be approved.  Streetcars last ran in Toledo a half-century ago but David Dysard, TMACOG’s vice president for transportation, told The Blade that a modern version would fit in “…with the idea of a downtown renaissance,” adding, “We want to keep some of the elements of the old that were good, and improve on them.  This is a project we want to actively pursue.  This is not about having a pretty report we can look at on a shelf.  This is about actually getting something done.”

Web site: http://www.tmacog.org/


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