Tag Archives: Streetcars

The streetcar returns to Detroit – but who benefits?

After sixty-one years, streetcars have returned to Detroit’s famed Woodward Avenue. But without integration with other transit systems, its usefulness is limited. Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Transit, Travels | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mapping Toronto’s street railways in the TTC era (1921-2016)

Yonge Street at St. Clair Avenue, 1922. The TTC was busy in its first few years joining together the various street railway systems together and expanding services. Here, work is underway to extend city streetcar service to Glen Echo Loop … Continue reading

Posted in History, Toronto, Transit | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mapping Toronto’s streetcar network: The age of electric – 1891 to 1921

TRC streetcars on Queen Street, c. 1910. Note the old TSR horsecars used as trailers behind the electric cars. City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 722, Item 18 This post continues from The Horsecar Era: 1861 to 1891  In … Continue reading

Posted in History, Maps, Toronto, Transit | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mapping Toronto’s streetcar network: The horsecar era – 1861 to 1891

Toronto Street Railway horse car on Yonge Street at the Canadian Pacific Railway crossing, after 1885. From City of Toronto Archives, Fords 16, Series 71, Item 3367 Over the last few months, I have researched many books and maps and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Maps, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A vision for King Street

In today’s Toronto Star, city columnist Ed Keenan reports on the “King Street Visioning Study,” a city planning project that will soon be available for public feedback. The study proposes improving streetcar operations along the King Street Corridor between Dufferin and Parliament Streets as … Continue reading

Posted in Toronto, Transit, Urban Planning, Walking | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mapping an accessible TTC

Last week in Torontoist, I wrote about the challenges of getting around on the TTC for passengers who rely on mobility devices, such as wheelchairs. Most of us never think about this problem unless we’re directly affected by the consequences of an … Continue reading

Posted in Maps, Toronto, Transit | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Streetcars of desire: why are American cities obsessed with building trams?

Back in January, I posted my thoughts on some of the new streetcar systems being built in the United States after visiting Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Tampa on a Florida road trip. I soon cross-posted the article to Spacing, where … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Transit, Travels | Tagged , | Leave a comment