Orange and white streetcar in El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Streetcar Marries History, Mobility, and Economic Development

The city’s streetcar line, defunct since 1974, is moving thousands of riders through a newly revitalized downtown.

October 18, 2023 - Next City

Vintage green Phialdelphia trolley moving down street

Retro Trolleys Returning to Philadelphia

The freshly restored vintage fleet will maintain service frequency on Route 15 before eventually being replaced by newer models.

July 11, 2023 - Billy Penn

A pair of vintage Siemens–Duewag U2 trolleys roll out of a garage in Memphis.

Memphis Testing Vintage Siemens U2 Trolley Cars—With Service Expected to Open Later This Year

Originally designed for use in Frankfurt, Germany, the Siemens–Duewag U2 was used in Canada and San Diego before now coming to Memphis.

March 29, 2022 - ABC24

SEPTA Trolley

Amazon Outbids SEPTA for Southwest Philadelphia Property

The transit agency must renew its search for an appropriate facility for an expanded trolley barn as part of its plan to modernize its aging fleet.

April 5, 2021 - WHYY

Streetcar Graveyard

Friday Eye Candy: All 1,000 Miles of Southern California's Historic Rail Network

An intrepid mapmaker has created a stunning map of the Pacific Electric Railway System, the old public transit system for L.A. and surrounding environs, once the largest trolley system in the world.

September 7, 2018 - L.A. Taco

Mattapan Trolley

Future of Historic Mattapan Trolleys Still Uncertain

The 72-year-old trolley system is beloved by local riders, but difficult to maintain.

July 8, 2018 - Boston Globe

Who Opposes New York's BQX Streetcar? Not Who You Think

Brooklyn and Queens need better transit, but activists say this waterfront "luxury trolley" is not the way to get it.

November 28, 2017 - Brooklyn

Trolley Map

Trolley System Thrives in Houston Suburb

As ridership soars, the "urban circulator" in the Woodlands Township is getting longer routes and more frequent service.

November 27, 2017 - Houston Chronicle

Historic Transit

St. Louis Trolley Hoping to Increase Hours

The St. Louis Trolley should begin operating later this year, but planners are hoping for additional funding to allow the service to operate longer hours.

August 6, 2017 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

El Paso Trolleys

El Paso Streetcars to Symbolize Transnational Ties

The Texas city is moving ahead on plans to refurbish its old trolleys into a 21st-century streetcar system. The aim is to resurrect an old route that traversed the border to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

June 6, 2017 - Fast Company

Nice Tramway

Eight Cities Rolling Out Streetcar Projects

America's urban streetcar renaissance looks to be on track with eight more projects planning to break ground by 2020. The list includes some of the nation's largest metros as well as plenty of medium-sized cities.

June 1, 2017 - Bisnow

Historic Transit

St. Louis Trolley Revival in Full Swing

Trolleys will soon get back on track in St. Louis' Delmar Loop, decades after they were taken out of service.

March 19, 2017 - St. Louis Riverfront Times

A Better Future for Tampa's Trolley?

Tampa's TECO line streetcar system does not lack charm. What the historic streetcar does lack, however, is riders. Can HART transform the trolley into an integral part of a revitalized downtown?

January 26, 2015 - Tampa Bay Times

The Growing Attraction of Historic Streetcars

As cities across the country build and revive their streetcar networks, a sense of nostalgia for the time when they could be found in cities across the country is leading to a thriving business in refurbishing old streetcars.

February 26, 2012 - Governing

Would You Trade Your Car for A Lifetime Transit Pass?

The city of Murcia, Spain recently opened a new streetcar system, and is offering lifetime passes to the trolley for anyone who gives up their car for good.

July 11, 2011 - Shareable

DC Streetcars to Be a Shot in the Arm

It was nearly 50 years ago, when streetcars were seen on the roadways of downtown Washington, DC. Dan Tangherlini, the former transportation director for the District discusses why streetcars matter in the United States capital.

January 16, 2011 - The City Fix

Waterfront Rail Plans Advance in Philadelphia

Plans to construct a waterfront rail line in Philadelphia are moving forward, with the recent approval of a $6.5 million contract to perform environmental reviews.

March 19, 2010 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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