Challenges of Construction in a City Environment, Costs & Mobility

American Public Transportation Association


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. EDT

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For a myriad of reasons, there has been a tremendous resurgence of streetcar development is the U.S. Some streetcar advocates and even critics often overlook the mobility benefits of a modern streetcar system and only focus on the economic benefits as the sole justification for the investment. The challenge is to construct streetcar systems in dense cities make it aesthetically appealing, and minimize costs. One such city was Oklahoma, where after several cost reduction measures and collaboration with their consultants they were able to bring cost per mile to under $20M. Now also hear how the City of New York is considering a 17 mile streetcar system between the Bronx and Queens at an estimated construction cost of some $1.7B. 


Adam Giambrone

Confirmed Speaker

Adam Giambrone is the Director of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) Streetcar project which is a 16 mile modern streetcar line projected to start operations in 2024 in Brooklyn and Queens to connect communities to better transit and support ongoing residential and commercial development. Adam has been involved in different ... Read More

Mark L. Dorn

Confirmed Speaker

Senior Vice President, AECOM, Portland, OR

David Vozzolo

Confirmed Speaker

Immediate Past Chair, Policy & Planning Committee; Vice President & Streetcar Program Director, HDR, Sarasota, FL Read More

Paul Grether

Confirmed Speaker

Paul Grether is the Director of Rail Services for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Cincinnati Metro. He has responsibility for the Cincinnati Streetcar operations and maintenance. Prior to SORTA, Paul worked for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as the Manager of Streetcar Development. Paul has an undergraduate degree ... Read More

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