Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winston-Salem ponders streetcar project

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Following Charlotte's lead in North Carolina, and perhaps pacing similar efforts in Raleigh-Durham, the Winston-Salem City Council's Public Works Committee has approved a streetcar proposal.

The Committee's 3-to-1 vote, occurring Feb. 11, 2014, moves the matter to the full City Council, which is likely to cast its own vote on the matter next month.

The vote follows and is based on a study conducted by Omaha, Neb.-based HDR, Inc., in conjunction with the city, identifying a $180 million lined eyed in part as an economic development tool, according to local media. A preferred route has yet to be identified.

HDR, Inc. earlier this month was selected by Grand Rapids, Mich., to advance that city's proposed streetcar project. HDR also landed a contract last December for the final design of the main components of the streetcar line in Kansas City, Mo., now under construction.

Supporters say approval of the plan will aid the city's efforts to obtain federal financial assistance of up to $88 million for the project.