Wed, May 24, 2017
At least one dozen American cities have built trolley lines through the central business district or downtown pedestrian malls in recent years. The city of Kenosha, WI, completed the Electric Streetcar Circulator Project, a two-mile line connecting the central city, METRA commuter rail station and Harborfront Park.
In Memphis, TN, the Main Street Trolley is a 2.5 mile line that interconnects the Central Business District, Main Street Mall, and several Memphis Landmarks. The Trolley began operations in 1993, and annual ridership had almost doubled by 1998. The two-mile Riverfront Loop was added in 1997, and the 2.5 mile Madison Avenue Line was opened in 2004, connecting the downtown with the Medical Complex. Service is provide by 18 heritage and replicars.
In San Francisco, CA, a highly successful six mile streetcar line through the central business district was introduced in 1995 (F - Market Street). The line was extended north on the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf in 2000.
Arlington County, VA
Arlington County has two streetcar lines in the planning stage, the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects. For more information, click on Arlington County.
The first phase of a streetcar system for Cincinnati is under construction. It is a 3.5 mile line It will travel on a loop from Second Street (at The Banks on the riverfront) to Henry Street (just north of Findlay Market in Over the Rhine). For more information, click on Cincinnati.
Planning is under way for the 3.4-mile Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar. The corridor runs between Lake Street and at least 5th Street NE on Nicollet Avenue, Nicollet Mall and Hennepin/1st Avenues, using the Hennepin Avenue Bridge to cross the Mississippi River. For more information, click on Minneapolis.
Construction is under way in Tucson of the Sun Link Streetcar system. It will connect the University of Arizona with the downtown; there will be 21 stops along the route. Delivery of streetcars from United Streetcar/Oregon Ironworks is ongoing. For more information, click on Tucson.
The first 2.2 miles of a planned 17 mile system is operating on H Street in Washington, DC. For more information, click on Washington.