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Streetcar Feasibility Study Update
December 2009
In This Issue
January Meetings Schedule
Analyzing Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 

 

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Greetings! 

The next stakeholders meeting and the first public meeting for the Colorado Springs Streetcar Feasibility Study are scheduled for Jan. 12, 2010. Stakeholder and public input are essential to the successful completion of the study and we need your help to ensure maximum attendance at both these meetings.
 
Please share this newsletter with your constituents, co-workers, friends, family and anyone who has an interest in the future of public transit in Colorado Springs. You can easily forward this newsletter by clicking the Forward email link at the lower left corner of this document.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the meetings.  We appreciate your help and support.
January Meetings Schedule
 
What: BannerStakeholders Meeting 
When: Jan. 12, 2010, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
Why: To continue the discussion of potential alignments and vehicle technologies.
 
What: Public Meeting
When: Jan. 12, 2010, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
Why: To gather public input. Displays will be on exhibit from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; a "Streetcar 101" presentation takes place from 8 to 9 p.m.
Analyzing Existing and Future Conditions
Banner Mountain Metropolitan Transit's Streetcar Feasibility Study completed data collection efforts and an examination of potential opportunities and constraints along possible alignments. To learn more about this phase of work, click here and open the November 2009 newsletter.
 
Stakeholders Review Initial Concepts
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Stakeholders, including representatives of local business groups, homeowners and neighborhood associations, and government agencies from throughout the study area, met Oct. 20, 2009. To learn more about the meeting and what was discussed, click here and open the November 2009 newsletter.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: How are streetcars powered?
A:  Streetcars are traditionally powered by overhead electric wires, similar to light rail systems. Streetcar wires are designed to blend into the surroundings, with wire connections and supports integrated into streetlamps or other urban streetscape features.
 
Q: Is the City contributing to the Streetcar Feasibility Study? 
A: A majority of the funds for this study come from private sources and from federal government planning grants that can only be used for planning studies and not for transit operations. The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, through the City, has contributed about 2 percent ($8,660) of the required local match to ensure adequate funding for public outreach and communications. In addition to the federal grant, local sponsors of the study include:
 Colorado College
 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
 Downtown Development Authority
 Business Improvement District
 Urban Renewal Authority
 Old North End Neighborhood
 Bircham's Office Products
Should the results of the study determine that a streetcar system in Colorado Springs is feasible and desirable, funding for the construction and operation of the system would largely come from federal sources, although some local match funds would be required. The federal government has recently demonstrated an increased commitment to funding streetcar systems nationally. Colorado Springs wants to be positioned to take advantage of federal funds if and when they come available.
 
To view additional Streetcar Feasibility Study questions and answers, click here.
With your help we can spread the word to residents and organizations across the city about this very important study. Please use the Forward email link below to send this newsletter to people you know and encourage them to participate in the public process.
 
We look forward to seeing you Jan. 12 at the City Administration Building.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Streetcar Feasibility Study Team
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