John Ross at Columbus Alive interviewed both candidates for mayor of Columbus last week. Both were asked about a variety of topics, but I wanted to link specifically to what pertains to the future of transportation in Columbus.
You spoke to Alive about streetcars earlier this year, saying that they were actually part of a larger public transportation plan. Where does your streetcar plan stand now?
I think the streetcar system is the window to other forms of alternative transportation in the city of Columbus. And there’s a lot of good reasons to do streetcars as a step through that window to light rail in the future.
You know, our studies have indicated that the economic impact to the city and its residents is significant, very significant—millions and millions of dollars, thousands of jobs, housing opportunities, commercial opportunities, vibrancy, all kinds of stuff. It’ll be a difference-maker for our city in that regard.
The more we don’t look at these kinds of alternatives, the less competitive the city of Columbus will be in the long term.