California-based company pushing to bring trolley cars to Manhattan

Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-07 06:24:32-05

The owner of a company that makes self-powered trolley cars, came to Manhattan, pushing his product as a viable means of transportation on 42nd Street.

Brad Read, President of the California based TIG/m Modern Street Railways made two beautifully crafted vintage looking trolley cars for Aruba that will be delivered before Christmas.


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Transportation engineer Sam Schwartz, who gives advice in his Gridlock Sam column, helped develop the project.  Now he and Read are looking to take what they’re putting into the island of Aruba, into the island of Manhattan—specifically 42nd Street.

“The initial plan was to just go river to river, from the UN to 42nd Street, to essentially the development on the Hudson River Park.  But I can envision this becoming a loop with 34th Street,” said Schwartz.

The battery powered trolley cars would run curbside in both directions, moving with the traffic at about 15 miles per hour and taking 20 to 25 minutes to get across town with stops.