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Savannah - March 2014

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Savannah — Streetcar Back on the Rails

March 2014

The biodiesel-powered ex-Melbourne "W" class tram used on Savannah's riverfront tourist streetcar line has been placed on trucks rehabilitated by Penn Machine Company in Pennsylvania firm, according to a Savannah Morning News story posted by WJCL. The car has been out of service since early 2013 because the weight of the rebuilt car, which had an internal combustion propulsion system plus air conditioning and handicap lifts added, was too great for the PCC-style wheels. The rehab project cost $81,000, which was covered by city parking funds.

Test runs will have to be completed over the next several weeks before the car resumes service along the popular River Street route. The route carried nearly 60,000 riders in 2011, the last full year the car was in service.

No fare is charged on the route as the Mobility Management Board, a nonprofit set up by the city and tourism leaders, uses lodging tax funds to cover operating costs.


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