Tram Seeing Rebirth From Geneva to Sydney

More than 35 cities around the world have introduced new tram systems in the last 25 years.

Published: 16-Dec-2004

GENEVA - The old-fashioned streetcar, which had nearly clanged into oblivion by the end of the 20th century, has been making a sleek comeback with new lines opening from Sydney to Paris, Buenos Aires to Houston. Now Geneva is laying the latest tracks in the trend.

The city on Wednesday opened a new tram line, part of an ambitious project to rebuild a network that only nine years ago had dwindled to just one route.

Passengers will be able to hop on a streetcar in the suburbs and arrive at the main train station 10 minutes later. A journey from one side of the city to the other will be almost halved to just 20 minutes.

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