Huntsville has always been at the forefront of technology Solar roads, http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml are an incredible project that we can potentially implement in a small way and gradually work it up in scale across the city. Start off with parking lots as the experiment and maybe cover the Parkway as the solar roads can keep ice from forming. Check out the web site. it would be amazing to see and we would ...more »
Getting government out of the way: Andres Duany explains to CNU Atlanta a sensible strategy for urban development without "gold plated" infrastructure dictated by increasingly restrictive codes, green building standards and public process.
Hear his ideas on youtube
Implement a Rapid Bus Transit system similar to Cleveland's. Basically, add a ton of bus routes and buses to our current joke-of-a-bus system and give them dedicated lanes to encourage usage. Make the buses "green" by using propane or possibly electric buses.
This would be much cheaper and more flexible than rail.
A gondola system would provide much needed public transportation between major nodes of Huntsville. The implementation would be easier (and likely cheaper) than any type of train due to the reduced ground footprint. In addition, this could become an attraction of its own. There are a few examples of this type of public transportation. Green power could even be incorporated to run the stations.
The existing shuttle bus public transit routes are pretty good, but the system could use improvement. There is a bus route within walking distance from just about any point in the city. Each route goes by at least one grocery store and other shopping and business opportunities, so people of the city can meet their needs effectively. Here are my recommendations, in order of implementation. Each improvement should help ...more »
I'm all for bringing an Amtrak route to Huntsville, but it requires co-operation of other nearby communities, which may fall through. If we cannot get an Amtrak train route to go through Huntsville, a good alternative might be MegaBus. This bus service is gaining in popularity, and we already have a bus stop downtown. Megabus is more comfortable than Greyhound, has low cost rates similar to Amtrak and Greyhound, and ...more »
While many people have suggested a train line and/or improved bus route, I would like to propose a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the city. A BRT system is "an innovative, high capacity, lower cost public transit solution that can significantly improve urban mobility. This permanent, integrated system uses buses or specialized vehicles on roadways or dedicated lanes to quickly and efficiently transport passengers ...more »
Ease and efficiency of transportation is key for any city to grow and fluorish. Currently, Huntsville is not only without a substantial mass transit system, it is cut off from other major metropolitan areas with regard to rail connectivity. Huntsville is home to a state university, the second largest research park in the nation, an international airport, a hospital district, a downtown, a military installation, and ...more »
Huntsville possesses a very unique asset that is being under utilized - a beautiful network of mountain bike trails within riding distance of Downtown! There are two things the city could do with relatively little cost and time. The third option would require significantly more work (approvals from state park???) but may be a next step. 1. Use one of the "Shuttle" buses or one of the tourist trolleys for a Mountain ...more »
Use the tracks already installed along the parkway as a comuter train to the civic center. The infrastructre is already in place and park and ride stations could be installed due to the fact that the powerlines are already there with no development. You could also lease the track that runs out towards the airport and have stops for UAH and the airport. Something I have been thinking about for years as the public transport ...more »