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St. Paul driving toward streetcars

Four decades after streetcars vanished, St. Paul is in the initial phases of exploring a plan to bring them back to the city to spur development and offer more transit options, Finance and Commerce reports. Already in the middle of an ambitious light-rail project, the city is also working with consultants to come up with a list of workable streetcar corridors and establish a cost estimate.
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St. Paul is in the initial phases of exploring a plan to bring them back to the city to spur development and offer more transit options, Finance and Commerce reports. Already in the middle of an ambitious light-rail project, the city is also working with consultants to come up with a list of workable streetcar corridors and establish a cost estimate.

Here's more about the city's feasibility study. Minneapolis, too, has eyed streetcars, the Star Tribune reported earlier this year.

It's been more than four decades since streetcars all but disappeared from Twin City roadways. Minnesota's first electric streetcars were introduced in 1888, and hundreds lined up to take their first ride, the Minnesota Historical Society notes. The streetcars were a symbol of the booming success of the Twin Cities at the close of the 19th century, the historians say.

There's still an operating streetcar in the Twin Cities, the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line still offers nostalgic rides between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.

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