“Service dog in training”

I don’t think this needs a lot of explanation. The streetcar is so slow you can walk faster. The people on the streetcar are so thrilled.

In case you are curious, the video starts at the end of the line next to Presbyterian hospital. The driver is reversing the direction if you wind up confused.

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4 Responses to “Service dog in training”

  1. JayMar says:

    Very loud ride even for someone half-deaf as me. But, being free has its benefits when you consider that in places, as Pittsburgh, public transportation and parking are extremely expensive.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      In its current form, the streetcar has no real purpose. It runs for two miles from the Charlotte Transportation Center where most of the city buses have a meetup to the Novant Presbyterian Hospital. The hope for the city is it will get millenials (or Northerners) excited enough to build high rise condos along the route.

      The streetcars are replicas that were bought around 10 years ago – there are three of them – the 4 mile round trip takes half an hour. During the day, they run two cars making two trips an hour, making the capacity a few hundred people an hour. When an NFL event, NBA game or concert lets out, it’s not going to empty out uptown – almost no residential housing is on the street, nor is it likely. Bus routes already run along the same street.

      There is no such thing as a free streetcar ride, just who is paying for it. CATS, the public transit system (Similar to PAT) refused to pay the operating costs, and the Feds would not release the construction money without a guarantee that someone would pay to run it. So the city government agreed to pick up the operating costs (estimated $1.5 million) without any dedicated revenue source. They are counting on new construction to generate new property tax revenue.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    The streetcar was not the point of the video. I guess I should have explained in more detail. Reread the title.

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