Can anyone please opine regarding the sense (if any) behind extending the Skyway overhead toward BCBS, when the maintenance yard is the closest we see to at-grade?
Isn't 220 Riverside at least somewhat more than ideal for a streetcar connection?
Eventual extension of the Skyway to BCBS makes sense for a couple of reasons. The FACT that the streetcar is likely to turn down Forest Street between either Park or Myrtle (though I prefer Myrtle) means that people riding the streetcar and wanting access to the Southbank, the Brooklyn projects, Everbank or the government center around Hemming Plaza, could easily change at Riverside and Forest to the Skyway.
As for 220 Riverside, a streetcar on Park would be in it's back yard, the other larger development would have streetcar at it's front door if the streetcar uses Park. Otherwise the Skyway having a station at the car barns, and another at Riverside and Forest with an option for yet another somewhere in between, makes the Skyway pretty ideal for a short extension.
Frankly, if the Skyway EVER reached 1. The Stadiums, 2. Shands/VA, 3. Forest and Riverside, 4. San Marco at Atlantic and maybe 5. The farmers market, I would then throw away the shovel and declare the project FINISHED.
Today the Skyway is all exits and no entrances, it can take you from nothing to nowhere, but at least you can't get to anything in between.