Tramways are dedicated streetcar tracks, either in the center of the street or adjacent to it, ideally with some physical separation from cars. Think of them as protected bikeways but for streetcars.
Tramways are the ideal layout for streetcars. They make streetcars—trams—faster and more efficient compared to the curbside mixed-with-cars-and-parking layout like on DC's H Street.
Here are 44 photos of nice and diverse tramways from around the world, because they're pretty and transit nerdery is fun.
1. Paris, pictured above.
2. Guangzhou, China
4. Salt Lake City, like many US examples this is light rail as opposed to a streetcar, but still a tramway.
6. Melbourne, Australia, the world's largest streetcar network with over 160 miles of line.
7. Strasbourg, France
9. Nice, France
10. Toulouse, France, with its beautiful grass trackbed.
11. Bordeaux, France, notable for having wireless trams.
13. Budapest, where the trams are up to 183 feet long, the longest in the world.
14. Minsk, Belarus, on the other hand, runs these 50' trams, much shorter than even DC's 66' streetcars.
15. Saint Petersburg, Russia
16. Heilbronn, Germany
18. Cologne, Germany
19. Shenzhen, China
20. Hong Kong and its famous double-deckers.
21. Kolkata, India
22. Vienna, Austria
23. Milan, Italy
24. Porto, Portugal, this photo from atop the strikingly beautiful Luis I Bridge.
26. Birmingham, UK
27. Croydon, UK, near London.
28. Blackpool, UK
30. Nagasaki, Japan
31. Sapporo, Japan
32. Kagoshima, Japan
33. Casablanca, Morocco
36. San Francisco, if it shares with bus, as the street stenciling suggests, this would be a “transitway” instead of purely a tramway.
37. New Orleans
44. Washington, DC, if our city leaders ever manage to build the K Street Transitway.
This is of course only a few of the many tramways around the world. Share your favorite in the comments.