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This is a call to communities all along North Avenue - "from Milton to Hilton": Which of you wants to join us on the NAMS team?



AS THE YEAR OF 2016 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, WE NEED TO FIND THE WAYS TO MUCH BETTER SERVE THOSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO DEPEND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, MANY OF WHOM LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF EAST BALTIMORE AND WEST BALTIMORE. WE NEED TO DARE TO DREAM: What do we want our truly public transportation system to look and function like in the next fifty years? Only after we will have developed a detailed vision for our future public transportation will we be in the position to plan, design, build, operate, and maintain it - AND find the ways to pay for all this. The young people of Baltimore City are essential to all the work needed to be done on this detailed vision. In fifty years, they will have "aged with the public transportation system" and when they are elderly, they will be among those who depend the most on public transportation. So, it is in their and our interest for this "visioning" to begin - because such a future public transportation system can fully serve all of us, no matter how young or old we are. We need to get busy on this RIGHT NOW!

The voters of Baltimore City will soon be choosing their next Mayor and the 15 members of their City Council in the General Election on November 8 this year. Whoever they choose must provide the leadership needed to greatly improve Baltimore's public transportation system!



Here is an example of a modern type of streetcar: Modern streetcars as shown in this Federal Transit Administration example

In its December 23, 2015 editorial, the Baltimore Sun stated:

"...there is an opportunity here for civil rights leaders, city lawmakers and Mr. Hogan to sit down and come up with a plan to better connect Baltimore's east-west neighborhoods to jobs."

WHAT IF, among other things, we invested in a MODERN STREETCAR LINE on NORTH AVENUE? North Avenue has been called the central east-west spine of this city! This could be good for its neighborhood residents who depend on public transportation, and also good for existing and new businesses. The new streetcar line could look like this:

Modern streetcar proposed for North Avenue in Baltimore City

Now, in the second decade of the 21st Century, why not build a modern streetcar line from one end to the other of NORTH AVENUE? This major east-west avenue in Baltimore is either intersected by or crossed by 89 other streets, at least twenty of which are major streets! North Avenue passes through four City Council Districts: 7, 11, 12, and 13! Streetcars along North Avenue would open up many new opportunities for the residents and merchants around the major Penn-North intersection, for the students at Coppin State University, for the artistic and music community centered around Station North, for the many residents living around Greenmount and North and Broadway and North. After the NORTH AVENUE STREETCAR is going east and west, efforts could be made to cover the north-south routes on the west side with a FULTON AVENUE STREETCAR and on the east side with a BROADWAY STREETCAR. If these two additional routes were built, they would also pass through City Council Districts 1 and 9.

Modern streetcars proposed for North Avenue, Fulton Avenue, and Broadway in Baltimore City

Streetcars have a great reputation in Portland, Oregon - and are also in use in Boston, MA; Little Rock, AR; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL; Toronto, ONT; and many other cities and towns. A big new streetcar line plan was announced just this month for New York City from Brooklyn to Queens near the East River. For more information about all of this, see
the list of modern streetcars by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
.



Here below is a beginning, tentative list of manufacturers of modern streetcars in the USA and around the world. NAMS welcomes any suggestions you may have to add to, correct, or modify this list.

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NAME (alphabetical - USA first)

BUSINESS CENTER

NATIONALITY

Brookville Equipment Corporation

Brookville, PA

USA

Diversity Matters

Canisteo, NY

USA

Gomaco Trolley Company (heritage trolleys)

Ida Grove, IA

USA

United Streetcar (recently went out of business)

Portland, OR

USA

Bombadier Transportation

Multinational

Canada

CAF

Multinational

Spain

Hitachi Rail

Multinational

Japan

Kawaski Rail Car

Multinational

Japan

Nippon Sharyo

Multinational

Japan

REO

Multinational

Germany

Siemens Industry

Multinational

Germany

Solaris

Multinational

Poland

Stadler

Multinational

Switzerland

Sumitomo Corporation

Multinational

Japan

TALGO

Multinational

Spain




North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Plan View of North Avenue and Baltimore City - Google Earth.


North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Some major north-south streets which cross North Avenue.


North Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue
Looking west down North Avenue toward Pennsylvania Avenue
[Baltimore City, 2014]


North Avenue at the Station North District between Charles St and Maryland Ave
Looking at the Station North District in the area between Charles Street and Maryland Avenue [Baltimore City, 2014]


Looking from North Avenue south down Broadway
From North Avenue, looking south down Broadway [Baltimore City, 2014]


From up on the Jones Falls Expressway, looking west on North Avenue
From atop the Jones Falls Expressway, looking west along North Avenue [Baltimore City, 2007]



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