Thanks for this synopsis. Regarding long-range transit planning, I think you're going to see a more complete picture begin to emerge during TTA's upcoming meetings.
Morgan Street as a streetcar-type alternative isn't out of the picture, but it's a lot more difficult than we originally thought relative to the cross-section, the vertical design parameters, and how the train physically leaves the street and enters the station.
Orulz, i think the approach you've outlined for a downtown loop is on the table, but there are some major pros & cons that come along with it. There are still big bridge elements associated with this option with regards to transitioning into and out of the rail corridor on each end. You also have to remove all the on-street parking, which may not go over real well with some folks.
Even with signal priority, a route through the center of downtown has more stops and is a lot longer. The tradeoff is considering either more R-Line style bus circulator service from Union Station around downtown, or exploring something like a fixed-route streetcar system using the Salisbury/Wilmington loop.
But all of this is exactly the type of thing that TTA needs to hear from the public about. I hope you'll make time to attend the meetings next week and provide your feedback.
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