Trams in Oranjestad
View of the track on Caya B. Croes, near Plaza Chipi Chipi
|Termini||Port of Call (Oranjestad)|
Plaza Nicky (Oranjestad)
|Rolling stock||4 trams|
|Opened||22 December 2012|
|Line length||1.9 km (1.2 mi)|
|Number of tracks||Single track|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
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 company. 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 sidewalks.
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 2013. The second car, an open-top double-decker, was delivered in June 2013. The heritage style streetcars were designed and manufactured by TIG/m Modern Street Railways in California, USA.
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 loop.
|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 trams "Port–Plaza Nicky" only
- N2Westbound trams "Plaza Nicky–Port" only
The fleet is composed of 4 streetcars: 2 single-decker (green and orange) and 2 open-top double-decker (blue and red) cars. The vehicles, assembled by TIG/m in Chatsworth, USA, use hydrail technology: they are powered by batteries augmented by hydrogen fuel cells.
The blue open-top, double-decker trolley in 2016
- List of town tramway systems in North America
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- Oranjestad Streetcar on OpenStreetMap
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