Charles Street Trolley

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The Charles Street Trolley is a proposed trolley line running through northern portions of Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Kittelson & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm hired by trolley advocates, estimates that the line would be likely to carry 2.5 million riders per year.[1]

The proposal is backed by a public-private group known as the Charles Street Development Corporation.[2] A second group, known as Friends of the Trolley is also backing the project; it was reported in November 2011 that FotT had hired a community organizer.[3] As envisioned, the line would probably use modern, low-floor trolleys (trams), but the use of newly built replica-vintage rail cars is an alternative also being considered.[4]

A website for what appears to be a third group -- the Baltimore Streetcar Campaign -- is also active in advocating for a Charles Street trolley plan.

Certain portions of the proposed trolley alignment would be similar to area covered by the Maryland Transit Administration's proposed Yellow Line. As of 2012, the proposed alignment also overlaps significantly with a proposed extension of the Charm City Circulator.[5]

While the proposed trolley is not a project of the MTA, the two groups have expressed a willingness to work together on certain elements of a transit plan for the area involved.

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  1. ^ Michael Anft (June 2009). "A Streetcar Named Conspire". Urbanite Baltimore. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lorraine Mirabella (February 4, 2012). "The Interview: Robin Budish, community organizer for Baltimore Streetcar Campaign". The Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ Lauren Budik (November 1, 2011). "Charles Street trolley supporters hire community organizer". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ "The Charles Street Trolley Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). Charles StreetTrolley Corp. December 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ Candy Thomson (October 1, 2012). "Competing visions of mass transit for the Charles St. corridor". The Baltimore Sun.