The Trouble with Buses

29 Jun

This article in the News-Leader recently highlights one of the advantages that streetcars could have over bus transit: compatibility with historic districts. Buses continually clash with historic preservation and neighborhood residents due to their noise, air pollution, and modern look that doesn’t match the character of the older neighborhoods. Now, the Historic Walnut Street Association has won endorsement   This article shows just how hard locating a concentration of buses in the form of a transfer station can be, with City Utilities having spent five years, three studies, and $200,000 in the search for a suitable site that keeps everyone happy. Streetcars, on the other hand, are hard for preservationists to argue against due to the fact that many neighborhoods in Springfield once had a streetcar line or two. The hum and rumble of a passing streetcar is far less upsetting than the growl and roar of a diesel bus. Streetcars idling at transfer stations make little to no noise. And, streetcars can be historically styled to match the era of the districts they serve. Gomaco Trolley Company of Ida Grove, Iowa, produces replica Birney streetcars, like those that once plied Springfield’s streets.

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that buses have higher CO2 emissions than streetcars and have a direct negative impact on air quality, as shown in this post.

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One Response to “The Trouble with Buses”

  1. Janet Garoutte February 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    I think streetcars are a great idea

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