interiors of the Perley Thomas cars reflect a very different transit
era. The wooden bench seats have reversible backs. There
is no air conditioning, and in a climate that is warm and muggy for
much of the year, the windows can be raised far up.
The vehicles were originally manufactured
more than eighty years ago, between 1922 and 1924. Substantial
rehabilitation and upgrading has been done since; but inside, it
seems as if one is stepping back in time.
Unlike on most newer systems there are no fare machines at any of
the station platforms. The
operator must assure all patrons pay a valid amount, or show an
appropriate pass or transfer; and he or she is
responsible for issuing
transfers. The regular fare is $1.25, and a transfer is
another twenty-five cents. All-day streetcar and bus passes
can be obtained at selected merchants for five dollars.
This view is inside a Canal Streetcar which has recently turned off the
Riverfront line, and is heading up its namesake street out to
There is a very light passenger load.