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Orlando — Streetcar Study Considered

August 2017

Orange County, FL is authorizing a consulting study to determine if a modern streetcar would help ease traffic congestion on a 2½ mile stretch of International Drive in Orlando in central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Traffic is very heavy on this stretch and parking places are hard to come by. Officials are wondering if the Seattle and Portland streetcar model could help solve these problems in Florida.

The study will cover about 2½ miles of I-Drive from Sand Lake Road to State Road 528, though planners say the system could possibly connect in the future with downtown Orlando and Orlando International Airport. The cost of such a line is estimated as from $50 to $70 million per mile.

“Everything grinds to a halt because everybody is driving,” according to Josh Wallack, an Orlando developer of the planned Skyplex Orlando entertainment complex. “When you want to grow infinitely, your infrastructure has to grow along with you.”

A streetcar could operate at a higher frequency than a bus while carrying more people per trip.


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