Category Archives: USA: LRT/Streetcars

Pittsburgh: transit, yes, but is it rapid?

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, riders’ frustration has been mounting as service over the new North Shore Connector under the Allegheny River seems to be moving no faster than … well, the rest of Port Authority’s “T” system. “Cars going … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to Norfolk LRT.

Norfolk, Virginia’s new LRT system began appearing regularly in worldwide search engine hits for this blog well before the system even opened. At long last, some news for you Tide surfers: As it reaches its first anniversary today, the 7.4-mile … Continue reading

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The Great Streetcar Debate continues.

As more American cities seek voter approval and government funding for new streetcar projects, residents and critics continue to question whether such undertakings are a worthwhile investment in transportation infrastructure. The Wall Street Journal examined the issue a few days … Continue reading

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Oh! Come let’s sing Ohio’s praise: Cleveland transit explored.

Of all the surviving trolley systems in eastern North America, Cleveland is the one to which I’ve devoted the least attention, in terms of railfanning and collecting. I began to rectify that situation with a two-day outing this month, an … Continue reading

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Catching up with The Tide: Strong ridership for Norfolk LRT.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim had to walk across town to his law office one day last month, in what he described as a mark of success for Virginia’s first light rail system. That, as he told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, was … Continue reading

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LED headlights for New Orleans streetcars.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has replaced old streetcar bulbs with new LED lights to avoid accidents, according to a report by WDSU New Orleans. In addition to the LED headlights — said to be five times greater than the old … Continue reading

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“We are … East Penn:” Two hours at a top-notch traction meet.

It still defies credibility. I was half a block away when I realized what I had done: Happily plunked down $25 for gas, walked out of the station with a candy bar and two bottles of iced tea and then … Continue reading

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