What Would it Take to Build a Tram Network the Size of Melbourne's?
The United States has over 45 operating streetcar and light rail systems, but none of them are anywhere near as large as Melbourne’s tram system. Melbourne has the largest urban streetcar network in the world with 249 kilometres of double track and 487 trams.
If it had been removed in the 1960s like similar systems in Sydney and Brisbane were, it would be astronomically expensive to build something like it today from scratch.
Melbourne is extraordinarily fortunate that it retained this asset when other cities removed theirs.