If anyone cares, posting update on the tram in Barcelona. For those unaware, QRD
>In 2004 a second gen tram was opened in Barcelona (no trams since '71)
>two systems were opened:
>one in the south reaching out into some burbs that lacked metro or train service,
>one in the north not reaching so far into the burbs and covering more parts of the city with bad coverage
>both systems run on part of one of the main thoroughfares, Diagonal avenue, which cuts diagonally (derp) through the grid pattern and crosses the city
>systems were meant to be joined together along this thoroughfare, creating a trunk line with branches
>NIMBYs are opposed, as they use that thoroughfare as an urban highway to go from the rich uptown to the city center
For 14 years we've been discussing 3,6 km of tram line which would have been an immense boon, as said thoroughfare lacks parallel rail service and bus lines on it are completely saturated. Current mayor wanted to finally get it done, got the project ready, but it didn't get through the city plenary.
That means no tram connection at least until after the next elections, and it's possible that the separatist issues will skew the vote in favor of anti-tram parties.
The arguments which we've heard over this tram connection would prolly make your brains bleed (can provide examples). It's been a pathetic first-world-problems-tier shitshow while public transport stagnates. This tram connection would have been hugely useful to make the tram actually convenient, while right now the popular southern system usually requires 2 subway transfers.
I'm actually quite saddened by this, so here I am venting my frustration. We could have had something awesome, instead the pro-car NIMBY richfags got their way once again.
Are there many businesses in the immediate area? I know when they built the line down one of the main streets in Edinburgh businesses on that street reported drastically lower footfall, and the council had to pay out shitloads in subsidies to keep them afloat. Is there anything like that at play or is it literally just NIMBYs?
The street in question is somewhat of a commercial street, however precisely the part lacking a tram line has many closed shops and isn't doing well. That part of the street has literally 8 lanes plus 2 bus lanes, and very small sidewalks.
Sounds weird that a tram would hurt businesses, here wherever a tram was built business thrive. Howver the tram lines here have only been built on large streets which previously were very traffic-oriented.
It's the disruption caused by construction that tends to keep people away while it's going on (especially if it overruns by years), but then again if that part of Diagonal is already slightly run-down that would mean the effect would be lessened, and empty units present opportunities once it's finished.