Friday, April 28, 2017
Strasbourg Tram now extends to Germany!
(Alternative title, Meanwhile on the Continent!)
The Strasbourg Tram, for those that don’t know it, is a very modern, attractive, popular light rail system (or streetcar, depending on who you ask) that connects just about every place in the historic city. Strasbourg, home to the European Parliament, calls itself the “European City,” and that name takes on even more significance today as the Tram opens a new extension from Strasbourg (France), across the Rhine, to the neighboring German city of Kehl. The transit extension is filled with symbolic attachments, especially at a time of tension within Europe. (An earlier streetcar connection was pulled up in 1918, after World War I.)
A good story on the Tram extension is here and a good video here. Note on the video the various redevelopment schemes that the Tram will tie together.
The Europeans are really good at this sort of thing. Another study topic for us in the US!
Well done Strasbourg! Gràtülierung!
(Photo below is yours truly with tram, a few years ago.)