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No Cars Go

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It looks like the St. Clair right-of-way streetcar lane — that controversial beast years in the making — is almost ready to go. Steve Munro just posted these great shots, taken by Harold R. McMann, of the first streetcars making their test runs on the newly-completed eastern section of the path.
Numbered 4171 and 4176, the streetcars were effortlessly led along the snowy path by a truck and crew removing obstacles (that’s the reason for the car in the lower-right shot), a stark contrast to the enormous energy expended by the politicians, residents, and business owners fighting for or against the lane over the past few years. Now all that concerned St. Clair Westers can do is wait for the snow to thaw to see if all their fears for their half of the tracks — of bad design, of claustrophobia, of reduced business, and of danger to cyclists, among other concerns — were justified.

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