Streetcars in Other Cities
Trolleys are enjoying a resurgence as a catalyst for economic development and a clean electric transit solution, delighting tourists and residents in San Francisco, Portland, Kenosha, Memphis, Charlotte, Dallas and other cities.
Many trolley systems similar in scope to the Loop Trolley are experiencing remarkable success. The 2.6-mile Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar has 11 stations spaced every 2 to 4 blocks and runs Monday through Sunday. The trolley system projects annual ridership of 1.1 million by 2016. The capital cost of $52.1 million was funded through a local improvement district, federal funds, state grants and proceeds from surplus property sales.
The Tacoma Link Streetcar is 1.6 miles in length and cost $78.2 million to build. The project has both shared and dedicated lanes, five stations and average weekday ridership of 2,925. The trolley was funded through a .4 percent sales tax and a .3 percent motor vehicle excise tax.
The Little Rock River Rail Streetcar began with a 2.5-mile track and has been extended to 3.4 miles with 11 stations, with annual ridership of 170,000 in 2007. The total capital cost was $28 million. The funding was provided by federal grants and local matches.
In Tampa, the TECO Streetcar is 3 miles long and carries 1,082 riders on weekdays. The system was originally 2.4 miles with initial capital costs of $48.3 million. The line is mostly shared lanes and has 12 stations approximately .25 miles apart. The project was funded through federal and state funds, the Florida DOT and the City of Tampa.