Charleston Transit | Commuter Rail, Light Rail
Posted 14 September 2005 - 12:13 PM
This article gives mention to a project to connect Summerville and Charleston via Ligth rail. This is a new one on me. Does anyone have any info. on it? SPecifically what route/stops are proposed?
Posted 14 September 2005 - 06:45 PM
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 10:17 AM
The Futrex company has been pushing for financing of a light rail system in Chas for 10 years and still is trying. Company President Byron Waldman says he has reason to be encouraged that Futrex soon could land private financing or a contract to build one of its systems. The Charleston Citywide Local Development Corp. recently helped the situation by deciding that the company did not need to make any payments on a taxpayer-financed loan worth roughly $1.7 million for up to three more years.
Futrex came to the Charleston area with bold plans for a new mass-transit system, saying that 1,000 people could be employed building it. The company has plans for a high-speed, low-cost monorail that would be unusual in that the cars would not sit atop a beam, as monorails do, but would hang from the side of a beam so that cars could travel in both directions at once. A plan that won some federal financing called for a working, $35 million Futrex system serving Charleston International Airport. The original plan was a loop from the airport to the Charleston Area Convention Center, but it fell through due to lack of investment dollars.
Monorail plan still on board
Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:19 PM
I wondered what happened to Futrex as this was one of the very first threads posted here on UrbanPlanet. You can review it below.
SC & GA Develop Advanced Monobean Transit
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Posted 20 December 2005 - 10:34 AM
Posted 20 December 2005 - 10:49 AM
Futrex has proposed several routes...even the new Cooper River bridge has the ability to take a monobeam or monorail. One of the primary routes is to start from the Chas Visitor Center DT and would make stops at the Neck (Magnolia or Midtown developments), Uptown (Noisette and near the proposed Hunley museum), the coliseum/convention center, and the airport.
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The commuter train, which would cost about $46 million according to the CARTA plan, would stop in downtown Summerville, at the Centre Pointe shopping mall off International Boulevard Avenue in North Charleston, and at the Visitor's Center on the Charleston Peninsula, using active and idle rail lines already laid.
Improving the CARTA bus system to handle commuter train riders "can get done. But you've got to start developing communities so they're 'transit friendly,'" he said, something that's not being done now.
In order to really make this work the bus routes will need to be thought out carefully. I'm glad to see the RTMA looking at tying in with CARTA that will provide enhanced mass transit service to even the rural parts of the Charleston metro.
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