Travel + Leisure
May 04, 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; • When Little Rock launches its system in October, yellow streetcars will cross the Arkansas River to the River Market (25 to 50 cents; • Traveling along Tampa's resuscitated Ybor City tracks are eight reproduction cars with such authentic details as brass railings ($1.50; • And New Orleans has reopened its Canal Street line. The bright-red replicas of the original 1920's-style cars ($1.25;, unlike their vociferous predecessors, slip quietly through the French Market.
—Amy Rosenberg

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