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"In the [Wall Street Journal] interview, Mr. Buttigieg said an infrastructure package could drive job growth, as proponents of road and bridge building usually do. But he also noted a shift occurring at local-government levels, where mayors and county officials have begun to embrace projects to reimagine streetscapes and return some urban and suburban zones to pedestrians and other transportation modes, shifting away from a focus on cars. That has included, he said, some projects to tear down or alter highways built during previous eras of infrastructure investment that are now seen as harmful to their surrounding communities."
October 26, 2021
"Thank you for a very generous meeting and discussion on the next step toward the employment of a modern streetcar as a tool for growth and development of the larger South Bend – Mishawaka - Notre Dame community. The purpose of this memo is to share ideas with you for a clear path for the Modern streetcar as well as to follow up on our requests for your leadership and the City of South Bend’s funding of the Feasibility Study."
May 25, 2021
A significant investment in transit infrastructure has led to some major development in cities like Portland, Tucson, New Orleans, and Atlanta. One local group believes it could have a similar impact in South Bend and has prepared plans for a Streetcar project that could connect major attractions.
April 2, 2021
The time is ripe for the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, the University of Notre Dame and St. Joseph County to unite in transforming our area into Indiana’s first transit-oriented community.
July 28, 2021
River Park enjoys strong neighborhood and business groups that have engaged positively with the The RiverRail Task Force. See the attached video produced by local leaders in the neighborhood.
May 13, 2021
16 News Now tells us why The RiverRail Task Force says an electric streetcar will add much more to this community than just public transportation.
June 7, 2021
The RiverRail Task Force appears on Michiana News Channel and describes the major impact that modern streetcar systems have had in other cities and towns all across the country.
Let's face facts:
South Bend and the other communities in “Toll Road Counties” have already seen nearly five billion dollars taken from Toll Road revenues over the past few years to mostly go to other parts of Indiana. Now, as Hoosiers, we want our roads everywhere to be safe and convenient, but how much longer to the people of South Bend and Mishawaka have to see dollars from Washington, DC and our very own Toll Road spread mostly elsewhere in the state, but for a small percentage.
Let’s get in the game for TheRiverRail! Indianapolis is already scoring!
The clock is ticking on federal funding. We need teamwork across the board, including our public officials, to make the Modern Streetcar project a reality.
What makes for a more walkable city?
Good planning and good public transportation that people will find both useful, convenient, safe and comfortable can make all the difference. Please take the time to enjoy this Ted Talk.
"We're an automobile community"
The car may be a necessity, a luxury or a hobby…or in some cases all three. But as part of a typical household income the cost of the car is not a small expense.
How the RiverRail creates new housing opportunities
One of the greatest opportunities The RiverRail can bring is new housing opportunities for folks of all ages to live in a walkable, “livable” South Bend and Mishawaka.
September 24, 2021
Indy city leaders are moving to the future… and South Bend isn’t even at the starting line! Tell the Mayor of South Bend to step up to the challenge!
"The transit-oriented development overlay recently approved by the city has the potential to be the most transformative decision for Indy since Unigov. The TOD overlay, which goes into effect at the end of the year, is an amendment to the city’s Consolidated Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance. In this case, TOD is much more than popular urban design lingo. And the benefits the overlay amendment can offer go far beyond specific transit vehicles, lanes or operations."
May 12, 2021
Streetcar Manufacturing Grows in a Small Pennsylvania Town
Cities want modern light rail trains and vintage-style streetcars. Most are built by foreign firms. Few know they also are manufactured by an American company with deep roots in Rust-Belt western Pennsylvania.
April 3, 2021
Task force discusses electric rail line connecting Mishawaka, South Bend, Notre Dame
Members of the task force say this will not only help a lot of people get to where they need to go, but also strengthen the communities around The RiverRail.
March 26, 2021
Tax credits in hand, INHP focuses on affordable single-family homes
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership has become one of the busiest developers of single-family houses in the city, using nearly $15 million in tax credits to build nearly 50 properties in central neighborhoods—with dozens more on the way.
March 15, 2021
Tempe Streetcar Receives First Brookville Liberty® NXT
Brookville Equipment Corp. has delivered the first new Liberty® NXT streetcars to Valley Metro Rail for the Tempe Streetcar system, slated to open later this year.
October 25, 2019
Tucson's streetcar turns 5
Riders and many others in Tucson would like to see the streetcar expand. Farley said the original design included other routes, like up Broadway Boulevard. He wants to continue those plans, including lines to the Tucson mall and airport.
August 24, 2021
IndyGo gets $81M from feds toward the Purple Line. Here's how it will be spent.
IndyGo received a major funding boost from the federal government to help advance its plans for Indianapolis' next bus rapid transit line.
May 10, 2021
Rebirth of the Streetcar
Two centuries ago, before anyone had the idea of laying rails on the ground so wheels could run swiftly and smoothly over them, nobody could travel faster than they or a horse could walk, or a boat could sail. Then came trains and streetcars, and everybody’s world suddenly seemed smaller.
March 26, 2021
Why the Modern American Streetcar is the Wheelchair Accessible Transportation We Need
Many historic streetcar, tram and trolley systems have offered limited accessibility, due to their high-floor rolling stock and stations/stops that were produced well over a century before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. Adapting outdated transportation infrastructure is a time-consuming and costly process, and many cities have still not made their streetcars and subways fully accessible to disabled people.
March 23, 2021
Buttigieg’s Next Job: Selling $3 Trillion Infrastructure Plan to Skeptics
‘When it comes to rail, why should Texas be inferior to China?’ transportation secretary asks amid Republican resistance
March 1, 2021
New push could make San Diego the next stop for streetcar revival
"My reaction to the idea of a streetcar coming back to the Uptown District is one of excitement." said Eddie Reynoso, who heads the Equality Business Alliance.
November 30, 2016
The Bottom Line on Transit Funding
In particular, investments in public transit in mature communities leads to urban revitalization and redevelopment — as is occurring in Kansas City along the recently-opened Streetcar alignment.
August 16, 2021
Transit Oriented Development Goal Of Zoning Amendments
A proposal passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council last week amends parts of Indy Rezone, an overhaul of the city’s zoning ordinances. It introduces a new overlay district that applies to IndyGo’s rapid transit lines.
May 20, 2021
It's time to stop thinking about transportation planning as a commodity. Transportation is a public utility just like water
The summit featured short keynotes explaining important basic concepts, and three separate deep dives on promoting more equity in housing and land use, why strong Black and Brown businesses are key to neighborhood vitality, and how to right the wrongs of past damaging transportation decisions and promote restorative justice.
March 9, 2021
Pete Buttigieg: One month into my Washington job, I see South Bend everywhere
"The importance of transportation was reflected in the priorities of my time in office, from Smart Streets to enhancing rail service to Chicago, from working with Transpo to supporting our airport’s successful pursuit of international status."
March 18, 2021
Buttigieg: Biden Plan Will Usher in a New Transportation Era
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, with cars and highways no longer king.
April 13, 2015
Desert Transit: The Tucson Transit Tale
In the middle of the Sonoran desert, surrounded by five towering mountain ranges and amidst gangly Saguaro cacti lies a little heralded and ongoing transit story. Tucson, Arizona is certainly no transit desert.
Frequently Asked Questions
Isn’t the streetcar too big a project and too expensive for this little community? It just isn’t realistic.
By combining the efforts of our shared communities – South Bend, Mishawaka, and Notre Dame, this project is well within our capability. Adequate funding is available from federal stimulus, transportation, and infrastructure programs as well as the State of Indiana Regional Cities program.