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Streetcars Around the World

Modern streetcars are rolling out across the United States. Two opened in 2013 - New Orleans (Canal Street) and Salt Lake City - and Tucson’s Sun Link streetcar started service in summer 2014. Three more are scheduled to open soon:

And more are under construction in Dallas, Kansas City, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, and an extension in Portland.

Modern streetcar vehicles are offered by a number of national and international suppliers – see a list compiled by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

United States

Photograph of the DC streetcar.

Washington, D.C.

The first segment of the DC Streetcar system is on H Street and Benning Road NE. Planning is underway for additional lines across the city. Watch a video overview of the D.C. Streetcar project

Streetcar in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon

Portland Streetcar began operations in 2001 as the United States’ first modern streetcar system. Watch a video of the Portland Streetcar in action.

image of Seattle Streercar

Seattle, Washington

This streetcar system’s first line has 11 stops from the South Lake Union neighborhood to Seattle’s downtown core. A second line will connect residential neighborhoods and business districts, including Capitol Hill and First Hill, and serve major medical centers, institutions of higher learning and sporting event venues.

image of SanFran Streetcar

San Francisco, California

The city’s diverse transit system operates historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, electric trolley coaches, and much more. The Market Street Railway also operates in San Francisco.

Streetcar in Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, Virginia

The Tide, Virginia’s first light rail, debuted in Norfolk in 2011. It extends 7.4 miles with 11 stations in the Hampton Roads area.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam tramway network opened in 1875. With 16 lines, the network comprises a total of 213 km (132 miles) of track and a fleet of 237 trams. Watch a video of Amsterdam’s GVB tram network in action.

Berlin, Germany

The Berlin tram network is one of the oldest networks in the world, having its origins in 1865. It is also notable for being one of the largest tram systems. There are 22 tram lines that operate with 382 stops, with nine of the lines operating 24 hours per day.

Dublin, Ireland

In 2007, the system carried 28.4 million passengers and is 38.2 km (23.7 miles) in track length. Watch a video of the Dublin’s Luas LRT in action.

Strasbourg, France

Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s extensive streetcar network covers a vast area of the city with 11 routes and 82 kilometres of service, carrying 250,000 passengers each day. In August 2014 Toronto introduced its new state-of-the-art streetcar vehicles.