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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Another project, called The Heights, has a food a hall in a 73,000 square-foot former streetcar facility. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Former Hedge-Fund Titan and Bill Gates Are Betting Billions on Tampa," 4 Dec. 2018 In the 1880s, electric streetcars were the most popular form of transit and a profitable business. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 According to city estimates, the streetcar is expected to carry about 50,000 daily riders during its first year. Paul Berger, WSJ, "City Says Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Still a Go but Needs $1 Billion Federal Boost," 30 Aug. 2018 Also, Milwaukee's growing streetcar system provided a cheaper and faster way for workers to commute to other factories in Walker's Point, said John Gurda, a Milwaukee historian and author. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 Built around 1896, the trestle was part of the city’s streetcar system. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Metro faces roadblock in race to demolish Georgetown trolley trestle," 1 June 2018 Electricity for the streetcar system in these lower neighborhoods came from the brick edifice at the foot of Elysian Fields, known in the early 1900s as the New Orleans Railways and Light Company Claiborne Power House. Richard Campanella,, "Krewe du Vieux 2018: Take a virtual tour of the route with King Richard Campanella," 23 Jan. 2018 Mayor John Cranley vetoed parking plans in 2015 and 2016, saying parking should be available equally to all city residents because every neighborhood helped pay for the streetcar and Washington Park's makeover. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati unveils long-awaited OTR residential parking plan. Only thing missing? The cost.," 13 July 2018 Siemens, the German technology company, recently conducted a one-mile eHighway demonstration at the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports using trucks that drew power from overhead wires, much the way trains and streetcars are powered. Eric A. Taub, New York Times, "Buses, Delivery Vans and Garbage Trucks Are the Electric Vehicles Next Door," 21 June 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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