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Modern Streetcar


About the modern streetcar project

The city, in partnership with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), proposed a modern streetcar in 2008 as a possible solution to meet the demands and needs of a growing population and an expanding regional economy. Cities that have implemented a modern streetcar system have experienced positive impacts with economic development, livability and quality of life.

Modern streetcar systems connect neighborhoods and business corridors; promote economic development in key areas; and promote the creation of high-density and mixed-use development.

Following an initial study into the feasibility of a modern streetcar system, City Council opted to discontinue the project, citing economic conditions.

History of the modern streetcar project

In the spring of 2008, Mayor Mike Moncrief, along with the Fort Worth City Council, appointed a number of Fort Worth residents to serve on a Modern Streetcar Committee.

The study committee was tasked with identifying a starter alignment, outlining potential funding sources, developing a preliminary funding strategy and determining the next steps for implementation. As part of their work, the study committee joined the mayor, members of City Council and The T Board and other key stakeholders in learning from local experts while visiting modern streetcar systems in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.

The committee presented the mayor and City Council with the results of the study and recommendations in December 2008. The report favored the development of a modern streetcar project. In 2009, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) allocated $1.6 million for design and planning. The City of Fort Worth and The T each allocated $200,000 for this effort.

The Fort Worth City Council voted to move forward with two planning phases, which focused on alignment evaluation and a detailed business plan, but opted to discontinue the study before entering phase three.

Planning and Design

Steps that will take place during the planning and design phase include alignment selection, development of design and operation assumptions, economic development impact analysis, estimates for ridership, initial capital, and operating cost, business plan and phasing recommendation.

Technical Memos (drafts)



Project timeline

  • May 2010 Project kickoff
  • June 2010 Project web pages live
  • June 2010 Alignment refinement and operational assumptions
  • August 2010 Ridership forecasts
  • August 2010 Citywide community meeting
  • September 2010 Phasing recommendation
  • September 2010 Citywide community meeting
  • November 2010 Business plan presentation
  • November 2010 Citywide community meeting

Project partners

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