VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s still a possibility of riding Vancouver’s historic streetcar along the south side False Creek before the end of the summer.
City council has asked for a report on how the service might be funded.
NPA Councillor Elizabeth Ball says it would cost around $100,000 to get the old streetcars running between Science World and Granville Island again. The Downtown Historic Railway service has been operating on and off since 1998, including an appearance during the 2010 Olympics.
She hopes staff will come back with several options, but adds she’s disappointed Vision councillors decided not to put a deadline on the report.
“The rest of council did not want to put any date on it, they were not interested as to when it came back, so one can only hope that staff will meet and come back as soon as possible,” says Ball.
She feels confident funding solutions are available to get the volunteer-operated service re-started. “They could certainly get up the one car, which would be better than nothing.”
Ball says if city staff work fast we could see the streetcars running before the end of August. “If everybody wanted to make it work they could get it up in two weeks, or three weeks.”
She admits tourists have made up much of the streetcar’s ridership in past years, but says it also can provide a vital link for locals between the Canada Line and Granville Island.