Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Freight trams

CarGo Tram Dresden 2010
Flickr photo by hrs51.

While looking up something, I came across the concept of freight trams. (Discussion thread in Skyscraper City.) Obviously, using street railways for freight is not a new concept, but with the rise of trucking (for obvious reasons, a truck can go directly to the final destination), this was abandoned.

In Dresden, Volkswagen has created a freight tram (CarGo Tram) to move parts from a storage facility to the manufacturing plant, and to move finished cars to a logistics facility. Apparently, as many as 65 daily semi-truck trips are avoided as a result.

There was an attempt to create a company to do this in Amsterdam (City Cargo BV), but as of 2009 they entered bankruptcy.

There would be opportunities to do this kind of dedicated delivery, especially overnight.

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