Existing Streetcar Systems

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Note that projects currently under construction and projects being planned are noted on their respective pages.Use the feedback form at the end of the page to suggest updates.

Dallas
McKinney Avenue M-Line Streetcar

  • Line between downtown Dallas and Uptown district via McKinney Avenue, with 10 stations
  • Operations began in 1989
  • Extension further into downtown along Olive Street opening soon; City of Dallas is planning modern streetcar system throughout downtown
  • Uses heritage vehicles
Denver
Platte Valley Trolley

  • 1.4-mile line from Old Colfax to Confluence Park, along South Platte River, via Gates-Crescent Park, with 5 stations
  • Operations began in July 1989
  • Rail-based vehicles are powered by diesel, do not use overhead catenary
  • Operates only during the summer season on weekends
  • Uses modern vehicles that appear to be heritage
  • Extensions into downtown Denver currently proposed
  • Map source
Edmonton
High-Level Streetcar Service

  • Line runs from Strathcona Terminal to Jasper Terminal, with 5 stations
  • Operations began in 1997
  • Uses heritage vehicles
  • Operates only during the summer season
  • Could be altered to provide modern streetcar service
  • Map source
Fort Collins
Municipal Railway

  • Line runs along West Mountain Avenue
  • Modern operations began in 1984
  • Uses heritage vehicles
  • Runs on weekends only, currently out of service
Galveston
Island Trolley

  • 6.8-mile line with 22 stations
  • Operations began in July 1988; service currently suspended because of damage in Hurricane Ike
  • Rail-based vehicles are powered by diesel, do not use overhead catenary
  • Uses modern vehicles that appear to be heritage
Kenosha
Electric Railway

  • 2-mile one-way loop on 54th and 56th Streets from Kenosha Metra station to pier
  • Uses refurbished PCC streetcar vehicles
  • Operations began in June 2000
  • Expansion further into downtown being considered
Little Rock
River Rail Streetcar

  • 3.4-mile system, with two routes and 14 total stations:
    • Little Rock Loop: providing access to downtown
    • North Little Rock Line: connecting across Arkansas River and occasionally extending to President Clinton Library
  • Operations began in November 2004
  • Uses replica-historic streetcar vehicles
  • Proposed 2.5-mile extension to Little Rock Airport
Memphis
MATA Trolley

  • Three connected lines in downtown Memphis, with a total of 24 stations:
    • Main Street Line (north-south), opened 1993
    • Riverfront Line (north-south), opened 1997
    • Madison Avenue Line (east-west), opened 2004
  • Operations began in April 1993
  • About 2,500 daily riders
  • Uses heritage streetcar vehicles
New Orleans
Streetcars

  • 13-mile system, with three services:
    • Riverfront Line: runs along riverfront downtown from French Quarter to Convention Center
    • Canal Street Line: runs from riverfront to Cemeteries (one branch) and City Park (another branch) along Canal Street and Carrollton Avenue
    • St. Charles Line: runs from Canal Street downtown to Carrollton/S. Claiborne, via St. Charles and Carrollton Avenues
  • Operations began in January 1835
  • About 12,000 daily riders
  • Uses heritage streetcar vehicles and replica vehicles
Philadelphia
SEPTA Route 15 Girard Avenue Line

  • 8.5-mile route from Richmond/Westmoreland to 63rd/Girard
  • Modern operations began in 2005
  • Uses heritage streetcar vehicles
  • Other Philadelphia Lines are also streetcars — the Subway-Surface Lines — but they enter into the grade-separated Center-City tunnel, so they’re classified here as light rail
  • Map source
Portland
Modern Streetcar

  • 3.9-mile route from South Waterfront to Northwest Portland, via River Place, Portland State University, downtown core, and Pearl District
  • Operations began in July 2001
  • About 12,000 daily riders
  • Uses modern vehicles
  • Extension across Willamette River to Eastside currently under construction; extension south to Lake Oswego planned
San Francisco
Cable Cars

  • Three-line network connects Market Street to Chinatown, North Beach and Russian Hill; Services:
    • California Street Line: from Market Street to California/Van Ness
    • Powell-Mason Line: from Market Street to Mason/Embarcadero
    • Powell-Hyde Line: from Market Street to Aquatic Park
  • Operations began in 1873
  • Uses heritage vehicles
  • Map source
F-Market and Wharves Streetcar

  • Line from 17th/Castro to Jones/Beach, via downtown, along Market Street and Embarcadero
  • Operations began in 1995
  • Uses heritage vehicles
  • Planned extension along Embarcadero to Caltrain terminus
San Pedro
Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car

  • 1.5-mile line from Cruise Center to Marina Station, with four stations, in downtown San Pedro
  • Operations began in July 2003
  • Uses two replica Pacific Electric vehicles and one modified 1907 Pacific Electric vehicle
  • Operates only on weekends
  • Extensions north and southwest being considered
  • Map source
Savannah
River Street Streetcar

  • 1-mile line, from Montgomery Street to Waving Girl, along River Street, via City Hall, with 7 stations
  • Operations began in February 2009
  • Uses heritage vehicles
  • Operates only on weekends
  • Map source
Seattle
South Lake Union Streetcar

  • 1.3-mile line, between Westlake Hub and Fairview/Campus, with 11 stations
  • Operations began in December 2007
  • About 2,500 daily riders
  • Extension throughout the city being planned, starting with First Hill Line
  • Uses modern vehicles
Tampa
TECO Line Streetcar

  • 2.7-mile line along waterfront, running from Dick Grego Plaza to Ybor City, via Cruise Terminal, with 13 stations
  • Connected to In-Town Trolley system, which uses buses
  • Operations began in October 2002
  • Uses mostly modern replica vehicles
  • Map source
Toronto
Streetcar System

  • 47-mile system, with 11 services:
    • 501 Queen
    • 502 Downtowner
    • 503 Kingston Road
    • 504 King
    • 505 Dundas
    • 506 Carlton
    • 508 Lake Shore
    • 509 Harbourfront
    • 510 Spadina
    • 511 Bathurst
    • 512 St Clair
  • Operations began in 1861
  • About 275,000 daily riders
  • Map source
Tucson
Old Pueblo Trolley

  • 1-mile line from University of Arizona to downtown, along University and 4th Avenue, with 11 stations
  • Operations began in April 1993
  • Uses historic vehicles
  • Will eventually be converted to operation with modern vehicles and expanded route
  • Operates only on weekends
  • Map source
Vancouver
Olympic Line Streetcar(defunct)

  • 1-mile line from Granville Island to Olympic Village, with 2 stations
  • Operated during the Vancouver Winter Olympics in early 2010 with Bombardier vehicles from Brussels; though line still exists, it currently sees no service
  • Line is part of city’s long-term streetcar plan (shown on map), currently unfunded
  • Map source

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