October 11, 2010
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DC-Area Trolley Museum Reopening Celebrated
After being moved to make way for a new highway expansion and being closed for more than a year, the recently reopened National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, MD, in the suburbs of Washington, DC, hosted an event Sept. 21 to celebrate its success.
At the ceremony, APTA President William Millar lauded the livability benefits of historic and modern streetcars. The museum “is an educational institution that will help generations of Washingtonians and visitors from around the world understand the contribution that the streetcar makes to building our cities and the industrial economy that has fueled our nation’s growth for nearly 100 years,” he said.
Millar noted that, thanks in large part to the extensive availability of streetcars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the cities and towns of yesteryear were much more walkable and densely developed—more livable—than the sprawling development that came later.
Those livability benefits have been receiving their just recognition in the past few decades, he said, as communities around the nation choose to invest in modern streetcars and light rail, spurring economic development and offering residents greater choice in how they travel.
The museum collection includes a number of historic streetcars, a model streetcar display, historic video footage, and 10-minute trolley rides for visitors every half hour.