Trams in Oranjestad


The Oranjestad Streetcar Dutch: Tram van Oranjestad is a single-track tram line in Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba It is owned and operated by Arubus, the national public transportation company23 It was built as a key component of a larger project to upgrade the main retail areas of the town, other aspects of which included pedestrianization of streets, planting of trees, installation of ornamental street lighting and resurfacing of streets and sidewalks4

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Route
  • 3 Rolling stock
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Historyedit

The line is the first and so far the only passenger rail service on the island and the rest of the Dutch Caribbean, and the second of any kind, after an industrial branch that was closed in 1960 It was inaugurated on 22 December 2012, seven days after the arrival of the first single-deck car Regular service started on 19 February 20132 The second car, an open-top double-decker, was delivered in June 20132

The line operates daily2 As of early 2016, service was operating from 9:00 to 17:00, with two cars in service after 11:005

Routeedit

The line starts from a balloon loop near the Port of Call and serves the downtown area with a route along Schelpstraat, Havenstraat and Caya Betico Croes, the main road, which is open to pedestrians only Between Rancho and Plaza Chipi Chipi, eastbound trams towards Plaza Nicky run via Schelpstraat, and westbound ones towards Port of Call, run via Havenstraat It ends at Plaza Nicky, with a stop also located on a loop16

There are a total of 9 stops situated approximately 200 meters apart from each other The depot is located between the stops at Port of Call and Rancho

Station Notes
Port of Call Port, also named "Welcome Plaza", loop
Rancho Bus Terminal, tram depot
Plaza Museo Eastbound service,N1 Archaeological Museum
Royal Plaza Westbound serviceN2
Renaissance Mall Westbound serviceN2
Plaza Chipi Chipi Also named "Mango Plaza"
Caya Betico Croes Near Aruba Bank, additional stop, name not yet defined
Plaza Bon Bini 2 rail tracks before the station
Plaza Nicky Also named "Plaza Comercio", loop
N1Eastbound trains "Port–Plaza Nicky" only N2Westbound trains "Plaza Nicky–Port" only

Rolling stockedit

The fleet is composed of 4 streetcars: 2 single-decker green and orange and 2 open-top double-decker blue and orange cars The vehicles, assembled by TIG/m in Chatsworth, California,7 use hydrail technology: they are powered by batteries augmented by hydrogen fuel cells2

The blue open-top, double-decker trolley in 2016 
"1265", the green single-decker trolley, near the port 

See alsoedit

  • Aruba portal
  • Trams portal
  • Transport in Aruba
  • Rail transport in Aruba
  • Queen Beatrix International Airport
  • List of town tramway systems in North America

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d Oranjestad Tramway map tramzcom
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Morrison, Allen "The Streetcars of Oranjestad, Aruba" tramzcom
  3. ^ Arubus official website
  4. ^ "Aruba tramway drives major street redevelopment" July 2013 Tramways & Urban Transit, p 279 UK: LRTA Publishing ISSN 1460-8324
  5. ^ "Worldwide Review" regular monthly news section May 2016 Tramways & Urban Transit, p 190 UK: LRTA Publishing
  6. ^ Oranjestad Streetcar on OpenStreetMap
  7. ^ White, Ronald D May 27, 2015 "Chatsworth trolley maker is going places" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2016-05-28 

External linksedit

  • Arubus official website
  • Bo Aruba Nos Aruba - Arubus Streetcar - Programa 53 on YouTube

Coordinates: 12°31′123″N 70°02′132″W / 12520083°N 70037000°W / 12520083; -70037000



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