Streetcar study moves to Little Rock on Tuesday

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:19 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 2:20 PM
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Members of a committee studying the feasibility of a streetcar system in downtown Augusta will travel to Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday to see its trolley system and speak with its city and transit leaders.

“Our agenda is loaded with meetings that will assist us in finishing the final analysis,” said Margaret Woodard, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta.

The authority has been spearheading a study of light rail as a tool for economic development. It is paying an engineering firm, URS Corp., $40,000 to determine the cost and feasibility of such a system.

The travel team consists of Ms. Woodard, Juriah Lewis, transit planner with the county’s planning commission, Steve Cassell, city traffic engineer, and Brian Plascik, transportation planner with URS Corp.

The team will be meeting with traffic engineer’s in the Arkansas capital to discuss their construction challenges, as well as the mayor about political issues regarding that streetcar system.

Ms. Woodard said there is also a meeting scheduled with a company that makes trolley cars that are powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cells.

URS Corp. has already presented several options for a 2.5-mile route. The system could cost $25 million, using a rule of thumb estimate of $10 million per mile. The engineers are still compiling ridership estimates.

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Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 06/10/09 - 09:51 am
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And next is a trip to New

And next is a trip to New York City to see its subway system. Or how about San Francisco and its cable cars?

Painter
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Painter 06/10/09 - 10:27 am
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Quit with the glitz and get

Quit with the glitz and get the crime cleaned up. Promote what is beautiful about Augusta, it's wonderful people and beautiful gardens, (Clean up the golf Garden) Don't build a stupid ball park, ellis canal or trolley. STUPID

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 06/10/09 - 11:54 am
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LOL at Jim bob or better yet

LOL at Jim bob or better yet a big arch like St. Louis has put it at the end of Doug Barnard Parkway and Gordon Hwy the gateway to the garden city.

mad_max
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mad_max 06/10/09 - 12:14 pm
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$25 million????? Are you

$25 million????? Are you kidding me. To carry who????? To go where????? Will you people get REAL and quit throwing our money at things we don't need. For kripes sake we can't even support a crappy bus line in this town. What in the world make you think there would be enough riders to pay for this thing? You had a "trolley" bus one time and that thing went bust. Keep you butts at home and quit wasting our money. This will just be another enormous bond the taxpayer gets stuck with because there is no way in hades there would be enough riders to support it....EVER.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 06/10/09 - 12:46 pm
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unbelievable..........

unbelievable..........

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/09 - 02:43 pm
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Paint white arrows on the

Paint white arrows on the sidewalks for visitors to follow. That's about all the money I'd spend.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 06/10/09 - 02:58 pm
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what a

what a waste!!!!!!!!!!!augusta does not need this.. there are other things that need to be done!!

1of the frontrowgang
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1of the frontrowgang 06/10/09 - 03:38 pm
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another stupid waste of

another stupid waste of money. if we get trolleys ,we should put the trolly station under the baseball stadium.ridership will be about 40 or 50 people per day ,making it a real bargin for the taxpayers.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 06/10/09 - 11:05 pm
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I hope we at least pay for

I hope we at least pay for their admission to the Clinton presidential museum.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 06/11/09 - 06:11 am
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stick this proposed SPLOST on

stick this proposed SPLOST on that proposed streetcar

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