"Streetcar" refers to local public transportation using electric vehicles that run on rails. Streetcars are designed to provide short-trip urban circulation, and the vehicles and infrastructure are optimized accordingly. The streetcar alignment can be located in shared traffic lanes or on a segregated right-of-way if one is available. Vehicles typically consist of a single car, ranging from restored heritage cars to modern streetcars imported from Europe. Streetcar systems come in all sizes and so do the organizations that run them- ranging from small non-profits to large municipal transit agencies.
Streetcars are part of the ongoing renaissance which is bringing new life to America's urban centers; as more and more Americans return to the city, the need for new urban transportation solutions grows ever more important. Transportation is the key to creating great public places- and cities across the country are taking a new look at an old idea, the city streetcar. Whether the streetcar is heritage or modern, the goal of helping build livable communities remains the same.
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