Grand Rapids might take a page form the past, and from Portland, and bring back a downtown street car system. It has been more than 50 years since the last streetcars rumbled up and down the streets of Grand Rapids, but with increasing traffic congestion, parking concerns, and a lack of interest in the Cities downtown busing system, they are looking at the idea of reintroducing rail based street cars back into the city, and will use the existing streets.
But how can the city do this given that they will be sharing streets with cars, dealing with traffic lights, and only going in a limited few mile? What other cities have done this type of transportation project? Was it successful? What issues came up?