This one is relevant to our own transportation situation … because it’s about us, Winnipeg!
From the Winnipeg Free Press:
“Unlike rapid transit, where the primary goal is to transport twice-a-day commuters between distant suburbs and the inner city, streetcars are neighbourhood connectors, travelling slower, shorter distances, with more stops. They differ from buses because their image, ride quality, capacity and ease of use attract a broader transit rider demographic.”
“With frequent stops, which promote pedestrian and sidewalk retail activity, streetcars can inspire an improved neighbourhood economic vitality and social vibrancy. This, along with an attractive, modern image and improved access to mobility, creates demand along transit corridors for places to live and work. The public commitment to rail infrastructure provides a guarantee of permanence that ensures developer investment follows demand.”