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Streetcar Safety

Stay off the METRO Streetcar tracks. Streetcars cannot make abrupt stops or move off the tracks to avoid obstacles. This includes when trying to photograph the streetcar. Take photos at a safe distance and out of harm’s way.

Store your phone while you drive and avoid distracted driving, especially around the streetcar.

When the streetcars are in motion, listen for warnings. Streetcar operators will use bells to alert you of their presence.

Did you know the streetcar has traffic light preemption? Watch both ways when crossing an intersection with streetcar track in case a streetcar is passing through the intersection.

Streetcars travel at lower speeds and make frequent stops. Be prepared to stop when traveling behind streetcars.

Cyclists: When downtown, look for the streetcar rail in the street and cross the track at an angle (not parallel) to avoid a fall.

The METRO Streetcar can only stop at one of the 15 stops in the system. Look for the black, red and white arched METRO Streetcar signs in downtown Little Rock along President Clinton Avenue, River Market Avenue, 2nd Street and Scott Street and in North Little Rock along Main Street and Maple Street.

Some practical commuter safety tips for the METRO Streetcar include:

  • Watch your step when boarding and de-boarding the streetcar.
  • If you choose to stand while the streetcar is in motion, please hold on to the hand grips.
  • Small children should always be seated on the streetcar in case of a sudden stop.
  • When de-boarding the streetcar, wait until the streetcar has left the stop before crossing the street.

Take precaution when using a ladder within 10 feet of the Overhead Catenary System (the electrical wires that power the streetcar). It should always be assumed to be “hot.”

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