|Above: YouTubeCA video - The history of streetcars in Austin - Length: 6:37 mins.|
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Operator: Austin Transit Co.
All routes with the exception of the Main Line originated downtown, but streetcars were through-lined between two routes and it is not possible to assign downtown terminuses to them.
|D||Duval||Downtown - Congress Av. - U of Texas at Austin - Duval St. - E 34st & Duval|
|E||East Avenue||Downtown - Congress Av. - East Av. - Calvary Cemetery|
|EE||East End||Downtown - Sixth St. - 12th & Chicon / H & T.C. Yard|
|M||Main Line||E First & Canadian - First St. - Congress Av. - Downtown - Congress Av. - Lavaca St. - Guadalupe St. - W 43rd & Avenue B|
|RG||Rio Grande||Downtown - Sixth St. - Rio Grande St. - 28th & Guadalupe|
|SA||South Austin||Downtown - Congress Av. - Mary & Congress|
|T||Travis Heights||Downtown - Congress Av. - Milam Pl.|
|WE||West End||Downtown - Sixth St. - Dam Blvd. [now Lake Austin Blvd.] - Dam & Power House|
Note: Lettered route designations are for convenience only; they were not used by the operator.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcar lines: ? km.
- Mule-drawn streetcars: Jan. 1875 - 1891.
- Electric streetcars: 28 Feb. 1891 - 7 Feb. 1940
- LRT (Diesel-electric): 22 March 2010 - today.
- Electric sreetcars: ?
- LRT system: 1435 mm.
- Simons, V. "Houston and Austin: A tale of two networks", Tramways & Urban Transit, March 2011 (74: 879), p.102-105.
Also, many thanks to Mr Russell Powers of Lone Tree, CO, USA, for kindly sending me information and documents concerning the history of the Austin streetcar systems.
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