Links

Streetcar Information Sites

Community Streetcar Coalition [also listed below under Advocacy Organizations]
www.streetcarcoalition.org
[The Community Streetcar Coalition is comprised of cities, local governmental entities, private sector companies and transit agencies committed to collective and coordinated advocacy including: 1) Expanding federal funding for streetcar projects; and 2) Shaping federal policy initiatives that recognize the important role streetcars play in the economic development of urban areas]

Streetcar Subcommittee- American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
www.modernstreetcar.org
[Site of APTA’s Streetcar Subcommittee’s project to prepare a white paper/guidelines on the application of modern streetcar vehicles in North America. The white paper/guidelines will seek to promote understanding of the core technical and operating issues relating to modern streetcar vehicles and systems]

Railway Preservation Resources
www.railwaypreservation.com
[Site provides extensive information on vintage trolley and streetcar operations in the U.S.]

Chicago Streetcar Renaissance
www.chicagostreetcar.com
[Site makes a compelling case for returning the streetcar in modern form to Chicago. Visually stunning images of the streetcar in modern settings illustrate the potential for this mode to transform urban Chicago. Accompanying narrative accentuates attractiveness of streetcars]

Streetcars 4 DC
http://streetcars4dc.org
[Site advocates streetcars for Washington, DC, saying that “streetcars will help make Washington DC a more livable and sustainable, world-class city.”]

Reconnecting America- Featured Topic: Streetcars [also listed below under Advocacy Organizations]
http://reconnectingamerica.org/resource-center/streetcars/
[Site provides access to pertinent streetcar resource information, including latest publications and news]

Transportation Blogs

DC.STREETSBLOG.ORG
http://dc.streetsblog.org
[Thoughtful articles on regional issues]

GREATER GREATER Washington
http://greatergreaterwashington.org
[Devoted to improving the vitality of Washington, DC and the walkable cities and neighborhoods in the Washington metropolitan area]

The Infrastructurist
www.infrastructurist.com
[Timely, well-written articles on transportation infrastructure] – Discontinued

The Transport Politic
www.thetransportpolitic.com
[Incisive commentary on wide variety of transportation issues; site contains useful, up to date information on new and existing transit systems]

Transportation Information

National Transit Database
http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/
[Chocked full of statistics on U.S. transit operations ranging from ridership to cost per passenger mile, etc.]

Transportation Research Board
www.trb.org
[Engages professionals worldwide in a broad range of interdisciplinary, multimodal activities to lay the foundation for innovative transportation solutions]

Center for Regional Analysis- George Mason University
http://policy-cra.gmu.edu
[The George Mason School of Public Policy's Center for Regional Analysis is the clearinghouse for economic data and forecasts specific to the Washington, D.C. region]

The Saporta Report
www.saportareport.com
[A rational look at the state of transportation and land use politics in the Atlanta region]

Advocacy Organizations

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
www.apta.com
[Serves to strengthen and improve public transportation and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing]

National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARC)
www.narprail.org
[Works for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want]

National Association of City Transportation Officials
www.nacto.org
[Encourages the exchange of transportation ideas, insights, and practices among large central cities while fostering a cooperative approach to key national transportation issues]

Congress for the New Urbanism
www.cnu.org
[Recognizes and supports walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods as the building blocks of sustainable communities and regions]

Community Streetcar Coalition
www.streetcarcoalition.org
[The Community Streetcar Coalition is comprised of cities, local governmental entities, private sector companies and transit agencies committed to collective and coordinated advocacy including: 1) Expanding federal funding for streetcar projects; and 2) Shaping federal policy initiatives  that recognize the important role streetcars play in the economic development of urban areas.

Community Transportation Association of America
www.ctaa.org
[CTAA believes that effective public and community transportation contributes mightily to the quality of life of the people living in the cities, towns and communities in which it operates]

Reconnecting America
www.reconnectingamerica.org
[Advocates comprehensive transportation and land use reform]

Transportation for America
www.t4america.org
[Seeks to modernize and maintain America’s transportation system infrastructure through transformational changes in policy and financial instruments]

U.S. Public Interest Group [USPIRG]
www.pirg.org
[Seeks transportation networks that need to be built and operated in the public interest]

Smart Growth America
www.smartgrowth.org
[A coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home]

Light Rail Now
www.lightrailnow.org
[Supports efforts both within North America and worldwide to develop and improve light rail transit (LRT) and other rail transit and mass transportation systems]

Set America Free
www.setamericafree.org
[An alliance of national security, environmental, labor and religious groups promoting ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil]

Policy Institutes

Victoria Transportation Policy Institute
www.vtpi.org
[An independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to national and world transportation problems]

Cato Institute
www.cato.org
[Advocates policies that advance individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace]

Reason Foundation
http://reason.org
[Dedicated to advancing "free minds and free markets"]

Rockford Institute
www.rockfordinstitute.org
[Works to preserve the institutions of the Christian West: the family, the Church, and the rule of law; private property, free enterprise, and moral discipline; high standards of learning, art, and literature]

Grass Roots Organizations

National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates
www.napta.net
[National organization representing grassroots transit groups that support increasing investment in public transportation]

American Association of Retired Persons
www.aarp.org
[A nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over to improve the quality of their lives]

American Seniors Association
www.americanseniors.org
[Works hard to fulfil its mission to provide seniors with the choices, information, and services they need to live healthier, wealthier lives]

American Legislative Exchange Council
www.alec.org
[advances the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a non-partisan, public-private partnership between America’s state legislators and concerned members of the private sector, policy experts and the general public]

Eagle Forum
www.eagleforum.org
[Supports American sovereignty, American identity and the American Constitution]

Campaign for Liberty
www.campaignforliberty.com
[Founded to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity]