It is curious that the NYT slides accompanying the article claims that "Portland introduced the first major modern streetcar system in the United States in 2001." Not sure how they are defining a "streetcar system," (light rail?), but San Diego introduced a modern version twenty years earlier.Also interesting that none of the cities mentioned is as small as Charlottesville, which tells you how long this area would have to wait in line for federal funds under the current funding system. It is my recollection that the feds look to area density when allocating funds, which would not help Charlottesville's argument.
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