Streetcars: Urban Icon or Waste of Time?


The Toronto Star recently ran this story: The Great Toronto Streetcar Debate. It chronicles Toronto’s streetcar, its history and the debate over whether the city should continue investing in a system that some argue is “slow, rigid [and] unreliable.”  Personally, I think it’s kind of hilarious that I can get to work in about half the time on my bike versus taking the streetcar. And regarding biking, the streetcar tracks are ultra annoying.
On the other hand, the classic red cars are pretty iconic and significantly more comfortable to ride than buses – perhaps the all-time worst form of transportation.
Whatever your opinion, it appears as if the streetcar is here to stay as the Toronto landmark that it is – what with the millions the city is currently investing, and its disinterest in expanding the subway.


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