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Heritage Trolley Site
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San Antonio, TX

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San Antonio, TX

After years of volunteers encouraging reintroduction of heritage streetcars in San Antinio (see Jones Avenue Streetcar below) the local transit authority and business alliance have initiated a study of a modern streetcar system. This program advanced steadily, attracting a commitment from the State of Texas for nearly $200 million to fund construction. However, in mid-2014 support for the project faded quickly among area officeholders, with the project ultimately cancelled on August 1.

The following news notes describe the project's evolution from planning through withdrawal:

Jones Avenue Streetcar

Volunteers for some years advocated for creation of a heritage streetcar line using in part a disused but intact trolley track formerly used for shifting freight into a brewery. A surviving San Antonio streetcar, owned by the San Antonio Museum of Art, actually operated over this track briefly in the 1980s, but then was placed on long-term lease to an organization in Oregon. A feasibility study covering the planned San Antonio operation was conducted in 1997 and a nonprofit then advocated for extension and reinstatement of the trolley line.

The following provide more background about the San Antonio plans:

Click on images below to see map of proposed route and photos of San Antonio car 300 running in the early 1980s.

Map of proposed San Antonio heritage line

A photo taken in the early 1980s shows car 300 posing with a period auto.

An early 1980s postcard view shows 300 on the brewery line.





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