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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Studying Streetcars for Saint Paul

Streetcars have a long history in Saint Paul. They began in 1872 as horse-drawn cars and switched to electric cars over time. At its peak in 1930, there were 523 miles of track spanning Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The last streetcar in the city operated in 1953.  
The City of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department has been leading a study to evaluate the feasibility of developing modern streetcar services in the city. This technical, data-driven study is the first step in determining how best to integrate streetcars into the city’s transit system, as well as determine where they have the potential to catalyze development and business activity.
The first phase of the study screened corridors throughout the city to determine potential lines to study further in the second phase. Phase two further analyzed these potential lines, and put them through a rigorous evaluation focusing on economic development potential, transit demand, compatible land-uses, operations, systems integration, and capital and operational costs. Seven lines were identified as having potential for streetcar service.

Two open houses on the second phase of the Streetcar Feasibility Study will be held on Wednesday, August 28 at the Rondo Community Outreach Library located at 461 N. Dale Street. The first open house will be from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the second will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit or watch this video.

To provide your feedback on the streetcar study, visit

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