Streetcars in the US


Both these videos were interesting. Clara and I took the Metro around LA, but I was struck by how one of the largest cities in the world mostly had the equivilent of what in Australia we’d call trams.

Play Los Angeles: The Great American Transit Experiment

This video by Vox theorised streetcars are becoming so popular in the US because they’re cheaper, easier to sell politically, and can spur development. I sure would rather move to a new place near public transport, though as the video points out, that doesn’t help with accesibility for people in existing areas.

Play The real reason streetcars are making a comeback

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