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:
- Seattle – First Hill (operations expected to begin early 2015)
- Washington, DC (started pre-revenue operations September 2014)
Modern streetcar vehicles are offered by a number of national and international suppliers – see a list compiled by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
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
Portland Streetcar began operations in 2001 as the United States’ first modern streetcar system. Watch a video of the Portland Streetcar in action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.