CHICAGO STREETCAR

A network of the busiest and most cost-effective light rail lines in America.

Upgrades some of our busiest bus corridors to faster and more cost-effective rail service.

Runs mostly on city streets without expensive new bridges and tunnels, but in dedicated lanes and with signal priority at intersections so it doesn't get stuck in traffic. 

Combines simple streetcar infrastructure with efficient light rail operations—like modern European tramways or the Red Line in Houston.

Expands the capacity and efficiency of a few key streets, and reduces the congestion of cars driving into and parking downtown.

Runs where we need it most rather than where there's leftover road space.

Runs only where ridership is highest, creating some of the busiest and most cost-effective light rail lines in America. 

More riders per mile than the L at one-tenth the capital cost. 

Costs less to operate than the bus service it replaces. Longer, faster streetcars can carry many more passengers per driver than buses. 

Uses low-floor vehicles with rapid level boarding through multiple doors.

Increases property values and sparks transit-oriented development along the line. Creates value that can be captured to pay the local share of the capital cost. 

Mixes well with people because it follows a predictable path clearly marked by the rails in the street.

Boosts the foot traffic that drives local business.

Offers congestion-free commuting to densely populated neighborhoods.

Provides first-class last-mile service between Metra stations and job centers. 

Links tourist attractions together by rapid transit that's easy to find, simple to navigate, and fun to ride.

Attracts new riders to transit and runs on clean, renewable energy.