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Detroit, Michigan: Downtown Trolley

Description

Detroit's Downtown Trolley was built in 1976 as a U.S. Bicentennial project. It ran over a one-mile L-shaped route from Grand Circus Park to near the Renaissance Center, via Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue. It used narrow-gauge trams, most of which ran originally in Lisbon, Portugal. Because of the general decline of downtown Detroit, ridership became very low, only about 3000 per year in the late 1990s. Service was suspended in June 2003. As of November 2003, the tracks were to be removed as part of reconstruction of Washington Boulevard, and the city was making plans to sell the cars. The carbarn was demolished in February 2004.

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Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to ride the trolley during my brief visit in June 2000, but I did get a couple of pictures of one of the Lisbon trams waiting at the north end of the line near Grand Circus Park. A small carbarn housed the fleet of nine cars.

[picture] Front view of the car, with the barn behind it.

[picture] Side view of the car, with the barn to the left.


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