T+L Reports: Streetcar Comeback
Published: May 2009
In an effort to curb traffic, cities across America are following San Francisco's lead and reinstating their cable car systems. Philadelphia's Girard Avenue trolley operated for a century before it came to a halt in 1992; now World War II-era cars run along its electric cables ($2 per ride; www.septa.org). • When Little Rock launches its system in October, yellow streetcars will cross the Arkansas River to the River Market (25 to 50 cents; www.cat.org). • Traveling along Tampa's resuscitated Ybor City tracks are eight reproduction cars with such authentic details as brass railings ($1.50; www.tecolinestreetcar.org). • And New Orleans has reopened its Canal Street line. The bright-red replicas of the original 1920's-style cars ($1.25; www.regionaltransit.org), unlike their vociferous predecessors, slip quietly through the French Market.