San Diego Historic Class 1 Streetcars

Christian  Chaffee
Christian Chaffee 2 Comments
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San Diego once had a beautiful and unique form of public transportation: The Class 1 Streetcars. This fleet of 24 streetcars was built for the 1915 Panama California Exposition, which was the event that gave us Balboa Park as we know it today. They carried thousands to and from that event and continued serving San Diegans for 24 years after it. These streetcars are the only truly historic option we have for public transit in our city and returning them to their original rails will make them eligible for National Historic Landmark Status. San Diego could have a Historic Streetcar line akin to the cable cars in San Francisco and streetcars in New Orleans. Like those systems, these streetcars could serve our inner city neighborhoods both as a fun form of transit for locals and as an iconic attraction for tourists. And with the impending centennial celebration of the 1915 Exposition there is no better time to see them restored and returned to their original route. I, the undersigned, wish to see the Historic Class 1 Streetcars restored and returned to their original route in time for the centennial celebration of the Panama California Exposition in 2015.

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