The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds.
The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.
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Not those slow old streetcars in traffic again... How about FLYING TROLLEYS?
I guess I should expect a generation raised on Rice-a-Roni or old Trolley movies to think these poor vehicles could only move at Charlie Chaplin speed. Hardly, Witness the RED DEVIL, A deluxe lounge car "trolley" running out from under an airplane at 99.7 MPH. The aircraft wasn't on a city street but then neither was the Red Devil when it left the plane in it's dust. So PLEASE adjust your image of what might be possible along private rights-of-ways throughout the City, with a mix of antiques and ultra-modern streetcars sharing the spotlight on the SAME tracks.
Thoughts on My Life, the lighter side:
Revolutions Started Cheap -
Barns burned-bridges torched -
Opinions R Us -
Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining -
Skin and Flint Financial Services -
Incurable Romantic -
Dewey Cheatham and Howe Legal Advice -
Whatever you do, DON'T!
"Life is like a Toothpick, just as you work out all of the details, you lose the point" (RM)