beautyfromashes wrote:I'd say cut Linwood since it is so close to Armour and 31st, but I always see people at that stop. I assume because they are coming from an E-W connector? Do the N and S have to be at the same intersection? For example, N bound pickups at Linwood and Federal Reserve, S bound pickups at 31st and Armour? I'm sure that been studied for feasibility. If not, I'd probably cut Linwood and no need for both Federal Reserve and CC stops. Personal opinion.
There need to be stops at major retail nodes (Costco/Home Depot). People are always complaining about lack of retail downtown, and that they have to leave downtown to shop. If the streetcar is extended to the Plaza, not having a streetcar stop at Linwood would hinder downtown residents ability to shop at Costco and Home Depot. Walking from Costco to Main is equivalent to four blocks already. There is a crosstown bus line on Armour, so there also needs to be a connection to the streetcar at that intersection. The fact that Armour and Linwood are about five long blocks apart should be not rule out having stops at both intersections. There are stops at shorter intervals inside the downtown loop.
Linwood is an existing retail node, so it needs to have a stop. If you don't believe me, carry six bags of groceries from Costco to 31st and Main, or Armour and Main. Any planner not putting a streetcar stop there is a moron. If one is not placed there, in the future riders will complain that there isn't one, and money will have to be spent to add one. It will be cheaper to add a stop when you are building the line, than to add one later after it's built.
If you don't make it easy for people to live downtown without a car, then they will keep their cars. After I moved here from New York City, I lived on Quality HIll for 2 1/2 years without a car. That was before Cosentino's was there. I grocery shopped at Sunfresh in Westport and took the bus, and carrying groceries for more than three blocks really, really sucks--especially in the winter when it's cold.