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Supporting Streetcar Revival
Urban life in America is making a strong resurgence. This has led to a revival of interest not only in the preservation of historic districts and urban neighborhoods, but also in a classic technology—the urban streetcar—that can serve as a major catalyst for urban revival. As traditional neighborhoods in older cities become the location of choice for more Americans - singles, young couples, families, and empty-nesters alike - there is an emerging a need to provide good and attractive transit service to these areas.
The APTA Streetcar and Heritage Trolley Subcommittee (of the APTA Rail Committee) was formed to promote the development of vintage/heritage trolley lines and modern streetcar lines in urban centers, to foster information exchange among those planning or operating such lines, and to encourage reasonable technical and safety standards.
As a member subcommittee, the Seashore Trolley Museum has helped a number of heritage trolley operations by providing parts, historical reference, technical consulting, and safety/operational training. It is currently working very closely with the City of Lowell, Lowell National Historic Park, and Lowell Regional Transit Authority to plan a major extension of the heritage trolley system.