Vintage Trolley Cars Back in Service

Silver Line commemorates old fashioned transportation

By Lauren Steussy and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Aug 29, 2011  |  Updated 8:11 AM PDT
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A new downtown trolley route will take riders down memory lane on weekends and holidays.  The streetcar made its first runs on a downtown loop over the weekend.

A new downtown trolley route will take riders down memory lane on weekends and holidays. The streetcar made its first runs on a downtown loop over the weekend.

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A vintage trolley streetcar made its first runs on a downtown loop over the weekend.

Metropolitan Transit System’s newest “Silver Line” features a vintage trolley from 1949. The trolley is a restored PCC, or President’s Conference Committee trolley.

Volunteers refurbished the trolley which is set to run from the 12th and Imperial station on the hour and half-hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. holidays and weekends. The Silver Line will operate 110 days of the year.

The project was supported by outside agencies and donors, so MTS officials say the cost to operate the Silver Line is low.

Volunteers and rail experts spent six years, more than 3,000 hours and $850,000 dollars to restore the streetcar.

Riders will receive commemorative tickets for the first two weekends.

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