NY Considers Surface Light Rail

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So while we’re on the topic of light rail again …

New York, a big city in the United States that could not possibly be as smart as Ottawa, is considering taking cars off 42nd Street and putting light rail down it … with pedestrians, too.

And for many years, Houston has had light rail on Main Street (the main street in town). Houston in some places turned the line into a pedestrian area without cars and at one point it has a street-wide fountain that sends water shooting into the air when the train passes and even points a couple of jets at the train. Clean train and entertainment. Multi-tasking.

Houston made the train fun.

Of course here in Ottawa, we’re too serious for fun. We need light rail in a deep, dark tunnel. Grim.

So here are the proposals for 42nd Street from Architects Newspaper:

The four projects shown here are the result of the recently concluded vision42design competition that aimed to rethink one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. The aim of the competition was to increase interest in and gain support for a river-to-river, auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street.

To see the four proposals, click here. If light rail were this lovely in Ottawa, I’d let ’em run up my driveway.

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