21.12.04

IN PRAISE OF HERITAGE TROLLEYS. Live from the Third Rail reports favorably on the Little Rock faux-heritage trolley, which will take you to the old State Capitol, the riverfront pub district, and within walking distance of the Clinton Presidential Library, as well as across the river, but you still have a long walk to U.S.S. Razorback from there.

The Little Rock project follows a different design philosophy than the Kenosha and Memphis heritage trolleys. In Little Rock the three trolleys are extremely expensive (several million dollars per unit) but air-conditioned and fully compliant with current safety and disability access standards. Memphis and Kenosha use older trolleys in essentially as-built condition. A Cold Spring Shops source notes that retrofitting the older trolleys to make them compliant would likely be cost prohibitive.

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