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Streetcar proposal for downtown Montgomery

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The new downtown master plan includes a proposal to reinstate part of the old Lightning Route streetcar service in downtown Montgomery. The proposed route would run down Dexter Avenue, through historic Court Square and down Commerce Street; connecting the state Capitol with Union Station (location of the visitors' center) and the intermodal transportation center along the riverfront. Cost estimates are supposed to be available this year as part of the Dexter Avenue Streetscape Plan. Hopefully, the city can get this funded and in place within the next few years.

When it went into service in the 1880's, the original Lightning Route was the first city-wide electric streetcar service in the US.

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Short older article here:

http://www.heritagetrolley.org/planMontgomeryRTOL1.htm

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Any recent news about this. Im ready for it. Did you read one of the Future magazine's article about urban green. The writer suggested making a light rail line from Eastchase to downtown.

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Any recent news about this. Im ready for it. Did you read one of the Future magazine's article about urban green. The writer suggested making a light rail line from Eastchase to downtown.

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Would this plan even be feasible? It's such a small section of the city, and is loaded with drivers. I don't know if Montgomery in general would have a use for a light rail system. Especially one that covers so little land.

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Would this plan even be feasible? It's such a small section of the city, and is loaded with drivers. I don't know if Montgomery in general would have a use for a light rail system. Especially one that covers so little land.

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