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Two new US tramways

Early November saw two more US cities open central area circulator tramlines. On 2 November Milwaukee, Wisconsin, inaugurated 'The Hop', a 3.2km loop with a 15-minute service in each direction. Passengers ride free thanks to a naming deal with the Potawatomi Native American Community's casino and hotel. Five three-section low-floor trams, costing USD 4.65M each, have been delivered by Brookville Equipment, including battery power to permit operation on some short sections without overhead wire. Total cost of the project is USD 124M.

On 9 November the Texan border city of El Paso opened its 7.7km city centre double-loop tramway, built at a cost of USD 97M. Brookville have not delivered new trams for this line, but have rebuilt and refurbished six PCC cars, built in 1937, withdrawn in 1974, and since stored at a desert location. El Paso did not need federal funding thanks to a grant from The Texas Department for Transportation.

A third US city tramway for 2018 will open in mid-December, at Oklahoma City.

9 November 2018

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