Riverside Reconnects Brings Streetcar Tour to Downtown Riverside

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

As a part of the Riverside Reconnects Program, and the Riverside Streetcar Transit Corridor feasibility study, a streetcar will be brought to downtown Riverside, on November 7.  The City of Riverside has partnered with Siemens to bring a streetcar to the downtown area for the community to tour and view.

Riverside Reconnects is a plan to connect the city’s expansive college and university student population with the downtown core. The feasibility study will examine the possibility of bringing streetcar public transportation to the city, with lines being explored along University Avenue – connecting students from University of California, Riverside – and along Magnolia Avenue – connecting Riverside Community College, California Baptist University and La Sierra University. The streetcars will obviously create an ideal public transportation option for all Riverside residents and businesses. The proposed 12-mile corridor will connect downtown, neighborhoods, business districts, schools, hospitals, religious institutions, community centers, colleges and universities, shopping and employment centers, and commuter rail and bus nodes – serving more than 200,000 people within a 10-minute walk to the transit corridor.

Coordination of the streetcar study is occurring between the City of Riverside, Caltrans District 8, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Riverside Transit Agency, and other supporting organizations and agencies.

The City of Riverside enjoyed 13.5 miles of streetcar lines from 1899 through the early 1940′s via the Pacific Electric Railway Red Car System. This new, updated, sleek and modern streetcar will bring history back with the advantage of updated technology.

The streetcar will be on display in downtown Riverside on November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – coinciding with the downtown Arts Walk. It will be stationed at University and Main streets, and will be available for visitors to see the inside of the modern streetcar, as well as ask questions on how it will fit in Riverside’s  public transportation plan.