I was just looking around in Urban rail and came across yet another Cincinnati streetcar under construction, yet this one is even more pathetic: Oklahoma. Because I was terse below, I have some bytes to ramble about American streetcars, with power of hash that tastes way toomuch of henna. First of all, they all develop pretty slowly.
If streetcar if your designation for true mixed traffic operation, then, after Portland, the next best city, maybe even could be Seattle they seem to have pretty reasonable plan and commitment to it. And several systems are just so new that their future can't be determined, like Tuscon which seems a rather sober opening for nice little system. If your city centers are comparable to 200k people European cities, this is what you get. And the bus service 30 km from the center wont be that much different either, then, that is kids, what is prawl.
Nothing much to say about the older 2nd gen systems or the remnants of the 1st gen. Philadephia situation is still precious, with diminishing hopes. Boston can't build cheap, but at lest the green line got extended. I wonder when New Orleans will start to run real, let's say Skoda 10T, little modern trams like Portland instead of pretending to be a heritage streetcar :D
But back to Oklahoma - generally, we haven't really directed our obsessions towards the systems under constructions lately. Like Hurontarion lightrail seems really promising. Milwaukee streetcar too.>>1118257>>1118323
Look doofusses, it's elevated, fully segregated, automatic light railway of Dockland. The carriages are based on stadtbahn stock, but run in longer than streetlegal strains, yet still shorter than typical metro let alone urban rail operation.
The issue here is than British English doesn't accept word "metro", so it can't be "light metro". And it's mostly elevated, anyway. "El" as some call it, elevetad railway in full form. Hence light railway. Light rail implies mixed traffic. I think this