Streetcars Returning to Long Beach?
A Limited Feasibility Points to the Possibilities
As part of Lowenthal's motion, the City would examine ways the streetcars could complement other transportation options offered by Long Beach Transit; provide a green transportation alternative for moving people between City landmarks; determine the physical and financial viability of establishing a streetcar line; fit the scale and traffic patterns of existing neighborhoods; and reduce short inner-city auto trips, parking demand and traffic congestion.
In terms of her interest in this idea, Lowenthal said, "Street car systems are part of a growing urban renewal trend focused on bringing more homeowners, tourists and private business investment into downtown and its arterials – so it's an economic engine. They reduce traffic congestion, ease parking, and entice riders who wouldn't normally use public transportation. They are a catalyst for change and helping communities maximize their public/private investment."
City Council Members received a presentation and reviewed a limited feasibility study about bringing streetcars to Long Beach on Tuesday, November 17. A link to the streetcar study can be found below.