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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. website draws all the remaining streetcar lines to scale

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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It's a favorite topic of New Orleanians, so it doesn't need rehashing here: the city is not known for the quality or breadth of its public transportation (though it's getting better all the time). What might be overlooked, however, is the relative success of the New Orleans streetcar, which, despite its antiquity, still covers more track than it does in other cities. 

Today, Greater Greater Washington, a Washington, D.C.-based opinion website that publishes pieces about planning and infrastructure in the nation's capital, drew all of the remaining streetcar lines in America to scale, and New Orleans comes in second place for largest amount of track, right behind Philadelphia. It looks pretty cool mapped out.

What the article does not mention is that New Orleans is about to expand its streetcar even farther with the 2015 extension of a line down N. Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue to Elysian Fields Avenue. The article does remind us, though, that the St. Charles streetcar line has been operating since 1835, and that many of the actual cars on that line were built in 1924 - which is really, really old. 

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