Miami’s Old Trolleys Used To Go Everywhere, Like The Beach
by Sean McCaughan
Yesterday, WLRN interviewed historian Dr. Paul George about Miami’s surprisingly extensive trolley system of the 1920s and 30s, which at its peak stretched from Coral Gables to Miami Beach and Buena Vista.(today’s Midtown/Design District) But in the late 30s and 40s it was already considered outmoded, and in the way of the private car, which was the real “wave of the future”. So, City leaders ripped all the tracks out and replaced the trolleys with buses that went faster and weren’t ‘fixed’ to a track. One of the old trolley cars is on display at HistoryMiami. Now, 80 or or so years later, we’re trying to put it back, or at least rebuild the portion that went over the MacArthur Causeway, withBaylink. Ironic, isn’t it? Listen to the whole radio segment over on WLRN.
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