Every once in a while, I encounter someone online - usually in the teeming cesspool that is the typical comment thread on a major metropolitan newspaper's website - railing against the idea of streetcars, attempting to argue that they're outmoded and obsolete, and that everyone would be better off if we just ripped up the rails and ran buses instead. Leaving aside the examples of the current state of transit in most of the cities that did just that, streetcars have a higher passenger capacity for no other reason than that they're bigger than buses - plus, they don't have to lug their powerplants along with them.
Take the example I came across yesterday. Due to track maintenance, streetcars on Spadina Avenue are being replaced by buses this weeekend. It's rare I see a bus crowded to this extent that's not running on Dufferin Street. It's also the first time I've ever actually seen a Spadina bus outside that video.
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