Once Nearly Extinct, Streetcar Gets new Life in US

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Once nearly extinct, streetcar lines are popping up all over the country as cities look for ways to develop new entertainment districts and housing downtown.

More than 30 streetcar systems are planned or have been completed in recent years. Some put down rails on the same streets where streetcars had run in the 1930s and 1940s.

One of the earliest cities to adopt the trend was Kenosha, Wis. The city built its new system in 2000 to bring life to its center city. Kenosha's vitality had been sapped by the closing of an auto plant.

The line has helped spur development along the city's waterfront on Lake Michigan. City leaders hoped to double the line to take in 85 percent of the downtown businesses, as well as some residential areas.

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