December 9 - Two modern streetcars, shipped from Germany, arrived at the Port of Tacoma recently. They are being transported to Vancouver, B.C., on special-purpose road trailers.

The streetcars arrived in Tacoma onboard the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Tomar after a 10,460-mile journey from Bremerhaven in Germany.

The streetcars were manufactured by Bombardier Transportation, the world's leading supplier of rail equipment, transportation systems and services.

Each of the two cars is about 105 feet long and comprised of five articulated modules. Transporting the cars from Tacoma to Vancouver, B.C. was handled by 21st Century Transport, Inc., with assistance from Chapman Hauling.

"We are very pleased to be handling this equipment," said Susan Becklund, director of operational services at the Port of Tacoma. "The teamwork and support on this project provided by our longshore labour force as well as the Washington State Department of Transportation have been outstanding."