Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

Bronx, Transportation

Will Streetcars Make a Comeback in the Bronx?

By Stephanie Hoina, Tue, January 6, 2015

Brooklyn Historical Railway Association's Proposed map of a new Bronx streetcar system

Once upon a time in a city now known for its web of transportation options, the world’s very first streetcar made its debut in 1852 on the roads New York. At the height of their popularity, streetcars could be seen running on just about every major thoroughfare; but pressure from New York City’s Board of Transportation for a unified bus transportation system across the city soon led to their demise. By 1948, the streetcar lines in the Bronx and Manhattan were gone, seemingly lost forever to the nostalgia of simpler times.

Today, a perfect storm of factors may pave the way for the resurgence of this once-popular mode of transportation that promises to yield a bevy of benefits for Bronxites and beyond.

Streetcars back in the Bronx?

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