Modern streetcar

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Modern streetcar is a form of rail transit with these characteristics:

  • Provides local transit in place of bus with frequent stops
  • Exists in urban core areas or other areas slated for high density developments
  • Vehicles smaller, lighter, and slower than light rail to reduce construction cost and better blend in with street environment. (Some may be just a single light rail car, rather than multi-car train)
  • Fully accessible vehicles with other modern features like air conditioning and automatic stop announcement.

Some of the cities that have modern streetcars also have a larger scale light rail system, and these systems may be compatible and can inter-operate.

Modern streetcar systems