Streetcars in the Snow

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Streetcars can run in the snow. Toronto, which operates the largest streetcar network in North America, averages 52 inches of snowfall a year—considerably more than Cincinnati.

In the past, many cities attached plows to their streetcars and used them to clear the streets.

It was just a dusting this morning, but after a big snowfall, once the snow and ice are off the roads, most of the sidewalks Downtown remain difficult to travel. The plows pushs large banks of grey snow into two foot high piles that either freeze solid or are complete mush that your foot sinks to the bottom of almost immediately.

It isn’t very pleasant to walk even short distances. It would be great to hop on a streetcar after a big snowstorm to avoid trekking through all the muck.

Note: This is an update of a previous post.

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