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How can U.S. streetcars evolve into better light rail systems?

Last month, our article «For new urban rail — Modern streetcars now lead light rail revolution» emphasized that “For the first time since the advent of the USA’s modern light rail transit (LRT) revolution in the mid-1970s, the modern streetcar — a scaled-down version of higher-performance LRT — has emerged as the leading form of LRT development for launching urban rail in American cities.” One of the features of the new-start modern streetcar systems, the article notes, is “more reliance on sharing road space with motor vehicle traffic” (i.e., as compared with prior conventional implementations of LRT). 631 more words

Light Rail

A Sioux City Streetcar

One might not expect that a community in Iowa was the first in the world to have an electric-powered elevated streetcar system, but in the early 1890s, Sioux City blazed that trail.1 It was already the third city in the United States—after New York and Kansas City—to host a non-electric elevated streetcar system, and for years to come, streetcars served to connect its far-flung neighborhoods, offering a convenient and affordable transportation option to its citizens.2… 672 more words

Family History

Collision on the Streetcar Viaduct -- 1929

The new streetcar viaduct, 1946 (click for much larger image)

by Paula Bosse

For many, many years there was a special trestle that spanned the Trinity River which was for the exclusive use of streetcars and Interurbans. 897 more words

Dallas TX

Snow Days in Richmond

The big snow has everyone posting pictures on Facebook but recording snow days isn’t a new activity in Richmond. My great-grandfather, Harry Stilson, took hundreds of winter shots: Byrd Park in a historic ice storm, streetcar accidents, Stilson grandchildren and neighbors in the snow. 552 more words

KC Streetcar pics

Photos taken on December 28th, after Christmas, just after sun-down. All rights reserved by myself. 32 pics in all.

Power + Light District