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This Month in Georgia History

August 13, 2012

As Savannah grew south of Forsyth Park, new neighborhoods began to develop. These neighborhoods grew in popularity with the creation of the Savannah Trolley and Streetcar systems. Some of these neighborhoods continue to be classified as “streetcar suburbs” and include: Thomas Square, Gordonston, and Ardsley Park.

With the advent and expanding popularity of automobile transportation, including a public bus system, the Savannah Trolley and Streetcar system was abandoned in August of 1946. The last official run of the streetcars was made on August 21st. Streetcars wouldn’t return to Savannah until 2009 when the City installed an operating streetcar along the rail tracks on River Street. Expansion of the River Street streetcar has been discussed, but would require extensive infrastructure improvements, as many of the tracks have been removed or covered with asphalt.

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