By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis has obtained a $900,000 federal grant to study the possibility of establishing street car lines along Nicollet and Central Avenues.

“Oh, it’s a very big deal. This is a federal seal of approval,” said Peter Wagenius, an aide to Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak.

Street car lines potentially could run all the way to Columbia Heights along Central Avenue and to 46th Street along Nicollet Avenue to the south.

“It is steel wheels on steel rails, so it’s on tracks and it’s powered by an electric wire overhead” said Wagenius.

Street cars are less expensive than light rail to build and maintain. They operate as single cars.

If all goes well, construction could begin in a couple of years. Street car service was a common mode of transportation in the earlier days of Minneapolis.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Comments (10)
  1. Dan says:

    What next? Horse and buggy?

    1. Brandon says:

      We have that. Haven’t you ever been to Lake Calhoun/Harriet? Get with the times if you’re gonna comment on current events.

  2. Looks like Cal won’t have to walk everywhere anymore.

  3. Dave says:

    “The earlier days of Minneapolis”? At least into the late 1950’s.

    1. duncan says:

      Last day of regular streetcar service was June 18, 1954, with a special last ride excursion on June 19th. The Hiawatha Line opened for business on June 26, 2004, which was fifty years and one week after the old streetcar system ceased operations.

  4. Doug R says:

    900k for a study!!!! I thought the government stopped wasting money. Wait, let’s just go in the red for not planning for snow and layoff some cops and firefighters so we can study about street cars. What a waste of tax dollars. Glad that your money is being well spent.

  5. mike says:

    Who ever earmarked that one should be removed from office. I have a study for you. Send the money back along with all the other bogus grants and see what impact it has on local, state and federal debt.

  6. duncan says:

    The last day of streetcar service was June 18, 1954, followed by one last special excursiom on June 19th. This turned out to be fifty years and one week before the Hiawatha Line opened for business.

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