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What is Modern Streetcar?

Modern streetcar is a type of rail transit that fits more easily into urban streets than light rail transit (LRT). In the Nicollet-Central Corridor, modern streetcar extends the reach of rail transit from the current and future LRT system on 5th Street to more of downtown and to the growing, densely-populated urban neighborhoods north of the river and south of the freeway. It provides many of the benefits of LRT in a corridor where transit demand is high, but where LRT doesn’t make sense and isn’t planned.

Like LRT, modern streetcar:

Unlike LRT, modern streetcar:

What modern streetcar might look like on...

Hennepin Avenue E

streetcar on hennepin

Note: Renderings are for illustrative purposes and do not represent actual designs or stop locations.

Nicollet Mall

streetcar on nicollet mall

Note: Renderings are for illustrative purposes and do not represent actual designs or stop locations.

Nicollet Avenue S

streetcar on nicollet ave

Note: Renderings are for illustrative purposes and do not represent actual designs or stop locations.

How does the size of a modern streetcar compare with other transit vehicles?

Modern streetcar vehicles are slightly larger than an articulated bus, but significantly shorter than a 2-to-3-car light rail vehicle.  The modern streetcar vehicle used in Portland, Seattle, and Tucson is 67' long, but vehicles can be designed to be longer.

 streetcar lrt bus graphic

 

 

Last updated Dec 2, 2013

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