Monday, August 3, 2009

Are Trams The Way To Go In Montreal?

Artist's rendition of what the proposed Park Ave. tram might look like.

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL – Fifty years ago this month, tramways rolled down Montreal streets for the last time, ending a 98-year era that began with horse-drawn trams in 1861 and accelerated with electrification in 1892.

By August 1959, trams were considered passé, quaint relics of a bygone era that lumbered down streets, hampering the new kings of the road: automobiles.

Fast forward to August 2009: Tramways have come full loop. In the Nov. 1 municipal election, the issue likely won’t be whether Montreal should revive its tramway but where and when to do so.

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