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Discussion opens on Winston-Salem streetcar system

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A fixed-rail streetcar that would run through downtown would cost $60 million but could add hundreds of millions to the county’s property tax base, according to information presented at an open house Wednesday night.

The streetcar likely would go from Winston-Salem State University to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, according to an idea under study by a consulting firm hired by the city of Winston-Salem.

The open house was a preliminary step toward building rails for streetcars downtown, which some city leaders have been discussing for years.

HDR Engineering, a consulting firm hired to study whether residents want a streetcar system and what it should look like, held the open house to gather information from citizens.

Streetcars run along fixed rails built into the roads and are usually powered by overhead electrical lines. Streetcars generally run for only 1 or 2 miles and have stops every eighth- or quarter-mile, according to information at the open house. Streetcars generally cost about $40 million to $50 million per mile.

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.