cowboyeagle05 wrote:Deep Ellum also never got any attention from City Hall on new transportation initiatives like the modern streetcar. This could cause them to rethink that as well. A line that goes East to West isn't a bad idea. If you plan a new line you could connect where MATA ends downtown head East and loop up into East Dallas to the housing stock in that direction. Connecting the CBD/Deep Ellum and East Dallas homes.
Would it be wrong to say that we should do this INSTEAD of D2 (which seriously... serves almost nobody and costs a boat load).
Might be a close call, but I would still put D2 over that modern street car route. D2 puts many more train stations in the CBD/Victory and will increase the entire system ridership potential.
If we're able to actually get a lane in the surface street grids for a modern street car, I'd be fine with electric buses and pedestrian corridor instead of the modern street car.
BUT in any of this neighborhood connecting dedicated route infrastructure, the convenience and comfort level of bus/streetcar stop is the priority - a signpost, a couple benches and a small canopy is inadequate to the point of neglect. The stops must themselves encourage usage.