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What is a streetcar?

  • Streetcars are electric vehicles that operate on rails embedded in streets. They operate with regular traffic. They pull alongside street curbs at specified stops for passengers to get on and off.
  • Streetcars vary in size. They are larger than typical transit buses and carry more passengers.
  • Streetcars have low floors and multiple doors for convenient boarding. The floor is nearly level with the curb, allowing quick access for strollers, wheelchairs and other wheeled vehicles.
  • Most modern streetcars are powered by a single overhead wire to reduce visual clutter.