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The Last Streetcars

This list attempts to include all electric streetcar systems in the United States and Canada that lasted until after World War II. They are sorted in order of year of abandonment. You can see clearly the effects of wartime restrictions that artificially extended the lives of many systems; most of these systems were abandoned in the 1945-50 period.

This list does not include interurban lines. Most of the U.S. data comes from Bill Vandervoort's compendium of U.S. transit systems, and the Canadian data from David Wyatt's Canadian Street Railways list. I simply extracted all the streetcar systems I cound find, and sorted them in chronological order. Some additions and corrections come from Arthur S. Wheeler and David Burnette.

I welcome corrections and additions!

Year City State Notes
1945 Austin Texas  
Bangor Maine  
La Crosse Wisconsin  
Lincoln Nebraska  
Newport News Virginia  
Salt Lake City Utah  
Savannah Georgia  
Worcester Massachusetts  
1946 Albany New York  
Hershey Pennsylvania  
Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario  
Lévis Québec  
New Albany Indiana  
New York (Manhattan) New York  
Oklahoma City Oklahoma  
Peoria Illinois  
Schenectady New York  
Stoneham Massachusetts  
Tampa Florida  
1947 Akron Ohio  
Boise Idaho  
Dayton Ohio  
Fairmont West Virginia  
Fort Wayne Indiana  
Hagerstown Maryland  
Knoxville Tennessee  
Lancaster Pennsylvania  
Lethbridge Alberta  
Little Rock Arkansas  
Marion Indiana  
Memphis Tennessee  
New Bedford Massachusetts  
Niagara Falls Ontario  
North Vancouver British Columbia  
Parkersburg West Virginia  
Pueblo Colorado  
Tuscaloosa Alabama  
1948 Fort William Ontario  
Louisville Kentucky  
New Haven Connecticut  
New York (Bronx) New York  
Norfolk Virginia  
Oakland California  
Phoenix Arizona  
Port Arthur Ontario  
Providence Rhode Island  
Roanoke Virginia  
Québec Québec  
Quincy Massachusetts  
St. Catherines Ontario  
Saint John New Brunswick  
St. John's Newfoundland  
Sioux City Iowa  
Victoria British Columbia  
Wheeling West Virginia  
1949 Atlanta Georgia  
Columbus Ohio  
Cornwall Ontario Electric freight service continued until 1971.
Halifax Nova Scotia  
Jersey City New Jersey  
Nelson British Columbia  
Richmond Virginia  
St. Petersburg Florida  
San Diego California  
Toledo Ohio  
1950 Buffalo New York  
Calgary Alberta  
Covington Kentucky  
Denver Colorado  
Portland Oregon  
Regina Saskatchewan  
Sudbury Ontario  
Westchester New York  
1951 Cincinnati Ohio  
Des Moines Iowa  
Edmonton Alberta  
Fort Collins Colorado  
Hamilton Ontario  
Saskatoon Saskatchewan  
Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania  
1952 Reading Pennsylvania  
Yonkers New York  
1953 Birmingham Alabama  
Indianapolis Indiana  
Kansas City Kansas  
1954 Allentown Pennsylvania  
Altoona Pennsylvania  
Cleveland Ohio City lines (Cleveland Transit System)
Minneapolis / St. Paul Minnesota  
Scranton Pennsylvania  
1955 Atlantic City New Jersey  
Omaha Nebraska  
Vancouver British Columbia  
Winnipeg Manitoba  
1956 Dallas Texas  
Detroit Michigan  
New York (Brooklyn) New York  
Rochester New York light-rail subway
1957 Kansas City Missouri  
New York (Queens) New York Queensboro Bridge shuttle
1958 Chicago Illnois  
Milwaukee Wisconsin  
1959 Montréal Québec  
Ottawa Ontario  
1960 Johnstown Pennsylvania  
1962 Washington D.C.  
1963 Baltimore Maryland  
Los Angeles California  
1966 St. Louis Missouri  
1974 El Paso Texas International line to Juarez, Mexico
still
operating
Boston Massachusetts (a) Green Line modernized in 1970s;
(b) Ashmont-Mattapan line still uses PCCs from 1940s
Newark New Jersey City Subway; modernized in 2001
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Subway-Surface lines modernized in 1980s;
remaining surface-only lines suspended in 1992
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania current lines modernized in 1980s;
last unmodernized line (Drake) suspended in 1999
Cleveland / Shaker Heights Ohio former Shaker Heights Rapid Transit; modernized in 1980s
New Orleans Louisiana St. Charles line; still uses cars from 1920s
San Francisco California (a) Cable cars;
(b) remaining electric lines modernized as Muni Metro in 1980s
Toronto Ontario  

This page was last updated on 11 April 2005, and links checked on 27 April 2009.


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