Streetcars On and Off the Ballot


Boise AP writer John Miller has a story today on streecars and tomorrow's election in Cincinnati, Charlotte and in Boise.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been revising policies that had favored applications for projects that moved people further and faster, like rapid-transit buses, but downplayed attributes like economic development.

"The bottom line is, this administration wants more transit options for more people and that includes streetcars," LaHood told The Associated Press last week.

In Cincinnati, the streetcar is actually on Tuesday's ballot, while in Boise and Charlotte, N.C. the elections have focused on candidate's positions on transit.

Will Boise's election be seen as a referendum on the streetcar?