With the starter streetcar line an unqualified success and the push already on to extend the rails to points south and east, Tom Gerend will be at the center of it all.

His efforts ultimately extend well beyond streetcars: As proved by the starter line and shown by the anticipation of an extension, huge amounts of development follow, if not precede, the rail. Along the initial Main Street route, the streetcar has driven $1.2 billion in development, and in the expected added stretch south of Union…