In the city of Philadelphia, there should be an above ground trolley for tourists. Call it the “Liberty Express” .
It runs from Penns Landing to the Art Museum, down Market Street and then down Ben Franklin Parkway, with a total of 5 stops.
Penns Landing > Independence Hall > 8th St/Convention Center > City Hall > Art Museum
Powered via the tracks. Not a whole lot of work to install tracks on the surface of that route, especially the Parkway.
Smart cities generate revenue and buzz using their trolley lines as tourist attractions. Otherwise these days a trolley is really not an efficient mode of public transportation.
Oh, and it should be mostly funded by the Casino. The 8th St – Convention Center stop will be inside the casino, or at least in a port-o-cul type entrance tunnel.
It could also go to Camden. Yes, it’s NJ, but it’s also extra tourist revenue.
Who could make it happen?