The Monday streetcar story brought in a lot of reader mail and comments about streetcar and transit options in other cities. I heard praise for the light rail and streetcar options in Toronto, San Francisco, and Denver. Rick Harnish from the Midwest High Speed Rail Association also talked about light rail in European cities like Nice and Barcelona....
So the question to our Ride readers is: What have you seen out there in the wide world in terms of public transit? What do you like and what do you think would work here?
To get the ball rolling, here are some thoughts on other transit systems:
Toronto: The new light rail cars are uglier than the old streetcars -- they look like long grey mailboxes. But they're very quiet and efficient.
London: Crowded, claustrophobic, but effective. Mind the gap.
Amsterdam: Trains from the downtown station go all over the country and are as easy to catch as the L. As for traveling in the city, bikes work great.
Washington D.C. Very, very quiet.
New York: Most like ours -- noisy and old, but it gets you around.