Call them trolleys, light rail, metros — from Houston to Charlotte to San Francisco, they’re a crucial (and increasingly popular) mode of transit. Salt Lake City, Houston and Denver are just three of the cities to have made major investments in light rail and streetcars in the past decade; New Orleans is bolstering its decades-old system and Detroit is looking to rail to revitalize Woodward Avenue. Here, some of the best shots of light rail nationwide, thanks to the generous contributors to Flickr’s Creative Commons collection.
Everything is integrated in San Francisco: Flickr user Ronnie Macdonald
Philly goes retro. Flickr user Skeptical Kitty
Sharing the road in New Orleans. Flickr user dsb nola.
Charlotte keeps it artful. Flickr user Payton Chung.
Austin’s MetroRail. Flickr user BruceTurner
If there isn’t snow, it isn’t Boston. Flickr user Mark Z.
Little Rock’s River Rail streetcar. Flickr user pasa47
Under a blue sky like Denver’s, light rail tracks can be a thing of beauty. Flickr user vxla
Shiny new rail car in Houston. Flickr user wordjunky