Why Streetcars / Why Now


Streetcars are designed to be a constant fixture of urban transportation options for residents, employees, and visitors. They are very different from the Metro rail transportation and subway system that Cleveland residents are used to. A streetcar, unlike light rail, travels in the flow of traffic on rails that are embedded in the road. Automobile drivers traveling in the same lane as the streetcar rarely notice that they are driving on top of rails. Although traveling at speeds similar to those of a bus, streetcars are preferred Downtown circulators due to the comforts offered by fixed-rails during their short trips. Because streetcars runs on fixed routes, riders can be assured that the route will never change, and appropriate technology, kiosks, architecture, and guideways can be integrated into the urban environment to provide route guidance.

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