What is it?:
For the first time in over 50 years, Little Rock has electric streetcars whizzing around downtown. The streetcars and regular city traffic both coexist on the same roads, sometimes crossing each other's paths. Drivers and pedestrians alike need to watch out for them!
There are three street cars at the moment and overhead catenary wire powers the cars. The street cars visit great destinations in North Little Rock too, so the cars connects the two cities. This is great news for tourists & locals.
Where do they run?:
You can see them all over downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The River Rail route includes Verizon Arena, the Statehouse Convention Center, the River Market itself, both state houses, the historic Argenta neighborhood, numerous restaurants and hotels, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Museum of Discovery, the main branch of the Central Arkansas Library System, two Chambers of Commerce, courthouses, the Robinson Auditorium Concert Hall, the Riverfront Amphitheater and more. Hotels that can be reached on the River Rail include the DoubleTree Hotel, the Capital Hotel, the Peabody Hotel (home of the ducks) and the Courtyard By Marriott.
Where can I catch them?:
The streetcar route uses the Main Street Bridge to connect the two cities. There are a total of eleven stops on Markham and Second Streets between Spring and Commerce in Little Rock, and Main Street, Seventh Street and Maple Street in North Little Rock. You can check out the map to see the stops in a graphic form.
How much does it cost?:
The whole point of the project is to make an easy and cheap way to get around downtown and I think they've done that. Most major attractions are connected and it is just $1.00 round trip (new price in March of '08) for adults and it is free for kids. A day pass is just $2.00.
What hours do they run?:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. - Midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.