Tacoma — Tacoma Streetcars Enroute
Rail Transit Online, August 2002
The three Skoda Astra
streetcars destined to operate the Tacoma Link downtown circulator are
headed for the United States. A ship carrying the vehicles, which cost $3
million each, was scheduled to depart the port of Antwerp, Belgium, on July
26, headed for the Panama Canal.
Depending on weather
conditions, the Norwegian vessel should arrive at the port of Tacoma in
early September. The photo shows the cars, loaded on special flatbed
trucks, being readied to leave the Skoda manufacturing facility in Plzen,
Czech Republic, for Antwerp. The 1.6-mi. (2.57 km) Tacoma Link is scheduled
to open in September 2003, shuttling between the Tacoma Dome Intermodal
Transportation Center and the Broadway Theater District.