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Student Corner: Streetcars Need More Than Desire: Why Streetcars Are So Popular and What Streetcar Corridors Need to Be Successful

June 5, 2014

Sometimes, what’s old becomes new again. Streetcars were the dominant form of public transportation for several decades in the late 19th-early 20th centuries with dramatic growth all across the United States. Between 1890 and 1907, the number of miles of streetcars in the U.S. grew from 5,783 to 34, … Continued

Student Corner: Rails to Trails as Economic Development Tool

January 9, 2011

  Two CERC community projects involve converting an abandoned railroad right-of-way into a bicycle and pedestrian trail. One might be surprised to learn that there is real economic development potential associated with these trails. Bicycling visitors to the Northern Outer Banks generate $60 million … Continued

Student Corner: Eastern NC Trail is a State Funding Priority

November 16, 2009

Paul Winn is a Masters Student of City and Regional Planning and a graduate student assistant working with Lenoir County. A conceptual plan for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) of Eastern North Carolina was produced in 2004 by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in partnership with G … Continued