The Astoria Riverfront Trolley is a heritage streetcar line which operates in Astoria, Oregon, United States, using former freight railroad tracks along or near the south bank of the Columbia River. The service uses a 1913-built, ex-San Antonio, Texas, streetcar (or trolley car) and began operating in 1999. As of 2012, the service was reported as carrying 35,000 to 40,000 passengers per year and has been called a "symbol" or icon of Astoria. Operation is seasonal, normally running during spring break and then from May through September.
Facilities And Acquisitions :
Benches and shelters were installed at several stops along the line in 2000–01. In 2002, a new 4,000-square-foot (0.037 ha) carbarn was built on Industry Street, at the line's west end, where the trolley car is stored and maintained. The 4,000-square-foot (0.037 ha) building is owned by the city of Astoria. In 2004, the Sunset Empire Transportation District opened a new bus transit center near the trolley line, at Ninth Avenue and Marine Drive.
In 2005, the San Antonio Museum of Art, which had previously been unwilling to sell car 300, agreed to allow the Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association to buy it. The price was $50,000, and it was paid for almost entirely with donations, but with the city of Astoria contributing $5,000. The purchase was completed in early 2006. In 2010, the car was fitted with a GPS tracking device, and the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce makes the information available to the public on its website.