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Received the email below from CATS.  Still no commitment to revenue service start date, but streetcar testing "Coming Soon."  Looking forward to seeing these running and can't wait to take my first ride.  

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2 hours ago, CharlotteWkndBuzz said:

It's going to be pretty special seeing these modern streetcars passing through Trade & Tryon intersection.

It's going to be special as long as they aren't empty when they pass by.

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2 hours ago, Yeahdoug said:

Hopefully they have a free period to get people using them.  Will they be free and rideable during the testing phase? 

No riders during testing -- they are evaluating safety and reliability.

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4 hours ago, Yeahdoug said:

Hopefully they have a free period to get people using them.  Will they be free and rideable during the testing phase? 

I would wager that there will probably be a two week period where we can ride for free once it opens for Revenue Service.  The BLE never had one but I think this will since the entire line has been shutdown for so long.

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Someone please tell me why we are installing different bulbs on the light posts...drives me nuts!

 

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22 minutes ago, AP3 said:

Someone please tell me why we are installing different bulbs on the light posts...drives me nuts!

 

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The left is just missing the glass cover. These new light are bright AF. Which is good, but the covers throw a ton of light sideways and up. They light up my whole condo now two floors above them. 

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3 minutes ago, Yeahdoug said:

The left is just missing the glass cover. These new light are bright AF. Which is good, but the covers throw a ton of light sideways and up. They light up my whole condo now two floors above them. 

Okay, that makes me feel better.  I've seen them installing the globes and then just the LED units along the line...There are a few posts by me that have no globes so wasn't sure if they were testing something out.  So ready for them to flip the switch on the lights on Trade St west of 77!

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3 hours ago, southslider said:

Will be interesting to see where the exclusive right-of-way goes between Pecan and The Plaza.

I really can't fathom they'd pull off a dedicated ROW through the core of plaza midwood. Maybe as far as Morningside drive, but west of that intersection you're expanding the central ROW through demolition of structures.

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On 2/6/2021 at 8:33 AM, tozmervo said:

I really can't fathom they'd pull off a dedicated ROW through the core of plaza midwood. Maybe as far as Morningside drive, but west of that intersection you're expanding the central ROW through demolition of structures.

They could go to Plaza with only minor teardowns.  From Plaza to Pecan you could make the right lane streetcar, busses, and right turn only, Make a no left turn on Thomas, and add a Left turn lane at Pecan.  Add in signal priority  and you should be able to get decent time through there.  If you give Central a bit of a road diet and are OK with a 35mph speed on the line then you can do the same through out the corridor.  You'd probably have to buy a lane worth of ROW that way plus bump outs for bus stops so that busses don't stop the streetcar at adjacent stops.   Of course if they do that I'd also advocate for a separated bike lane for as long as they can possibly get.  The major downside  to that approach is travel time.  I don't know what the reduction would be over say a fully separated ROW  where you can get higher speeds.

There's also another option.  Add a public parking deck at pecan station and instead of turning on Central at Clement continue down to commonwealth  stop at Pecan and Commonwealth and then up Plaza to Central to the planned stop at Plaza on Central.  This would ad a direct connection to the Blue line, ad fairly convenient parking to Plaza Midwood, and add an extra street car stop to the business district.  The downside would be a couple of extra minutes of travel time, and added cost.  

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