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Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Oct 09, 2013

Flashy New Streetcars for Cincinnati

Photo: Jay Galvin/Flickr.comThe lovely city of Cincinnati is hard at work on a street car route that should alleviate congestion, allow more opportunities for using public transit, and pay homage to the past, thanks to the design of the new streetcars. While the design will be taking advantage of all the modern conveniences, it's got a bold splash of my favorite color -- orange -- as a nod to the glorious color that used to decorate the city's historic street cars.

As in many cities, Cincinnati once had an extensive public transit system that relied heavily on streetcars, but with the advent of the motor vehicle, those tracks were paved over and replaced by roads, much to the boon of Cincinnati concrete crews. Now, the city is rolling back the clock for environmental and quality of life reasons, rebuilding history for residents and visitors with a track that will hopefully expand over time.

Of course, if you want a ride in a historic streetcar, check out San Francisco's F Line, which preserves and operates streetcars from all over the United States. The Market Street Railway, responsible for management of these historic treasures, also looks after the city's famous cable cars.

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