Federal Support for Streetcars: Frequently Asked Questions

Streetcars, a type of rail public transportation, are experiencing a revival in the United States. Also known as trolleys, streetcars were widespread in the early decades of the 20th century, but almost extinct by the 1960s. Several new streetcar systems have been built over the past 20 years, and many more are being planned. In early 2014, there were 12 operating streetcar systems, 7 new systems under construction, and approximately 21 new systems in the planning stages. Many streetcars systems, though not all, have been built or are being built with the support of federal funds. This report answers some frequently asked questions about streetcars and federal involvement in their construction and operation. It concludes by laying out policy options for Congress in dealing with streetcars.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
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  • Accession Number: 01704705
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R43464
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 17 2019 10:35AM