street·car | \ˈstrēt-ˌkär \

Definition of streetcar 

: a vehicle on rails used primarily for transporting passengers and typically operating on city streets

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Construction and testing of The Hop, the new Milwaukee streetcar, has led Bastille Days to shift its main artery from E. Kilbourn Ave. to E. Wells St., a block south. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bastille Days is back Thursday, but the geography's shifted due to streetcar testing," 10 July 2018 An urban life on the Willamette River with streetcars, walking paths and kayaks. Janet Eastman,, "Home-selling etiquette: Lake Oswego homeowner's letter to neighbors (photos)," 8 June 2018 On council, Berding voted for the streetcar -- when it was supposed to go up the hill to Clifton -- starting out as an ally to then-Mayor Mark Mallory, the project’s champion. Sharon Coolidge,, "Visionary or too cocky? How West Sider Jeff Berding brought Major League Soccer to Cincinnati," 6 June 2018 Entrance to the subway is half a block away, a portal to the city’s clean and civil public transportation system that includes buses and charming streetcars. New York Times, "We’ll Never Be Royals, But ...," 21 Apr. 2018 If driverless cars become cheaper to use per trip than taking the bus or streetcar, that could put more people in autonomous vehicles, further clogging the roads. John Gallagher, ajc, "Driverless cars may make traffic worse, not better," 8 Apr. 2018 If driverless cars become cheaper to use per trip than taking the bus or streetcar, that could put more people in autonomous vehicles, further clogging the roads. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Driverless cars may make traffic worst, not better," 5 Apr. 2018 Yet even with all this, nobody was exactly forecasting rapid transit, for buses or the streetcar. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Getting clearer all the time: City should ban cars from South Lake Union," 21 Mar. 2018 The accounting firm also will make a long-term financial forecast for SORTA, which runs the Metro buses and Cincinnati streetcar. Jason Williams,, "PX: Fortune 500 CEOs, business leaders launch audit of SORTA. Will more money be found?," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of streetcar

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of streetcar

: a vehicle that travels on streets on metal tracks and that is used for carrying passengers


street·car | \ˈstrēt-ˌkär \

Kids Definition of streetcar

: a vehicle for carrying passengers that runs on rails and operates mostly on city streets

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