Como-Harriet streetcar opens May 14

Southwest's own time machine is ready to roll. The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line begins daily service on Friday, May 14.

The restored, antique streetcars will roll from 6:30 p.m. to dusk on weeknights and from 12:30 p.m. to dusk on weekends and holidays.

Minnesota Transportation Museum volunteers operate the streetcars. Rod Eaton, one of those volunteers, said that though fares for adults have risen by 50 cents to $2, it's still a bargain.

"Riding a streetcar is sort of a trip back in time," Eaton said. "Many of us who work with the streetcars are old enough to remember riding streetcars around Minneapolis. They were in service until the '50s. It was the way that people got places."

Eaton said not only those who are old enough to remember the '50s enjoy riding the rails, however.

"Children love riding on the trolley. We have a lot of kids come back over and over again and their parents tell us how much they enjoy it," Eaton said. "It's kind of a novel experience. It's not an amusement-park-type ride, but it's totally out of their norm. People find the sort of rocking back and forth and the rail-clicks and all of that stuff that's unique to a streetcar to be a very interesting thing."

Children 4 and under ride for free.

Ticketing options include individual day passes (unlimited rides) for $5; a 10-ride ticket for $17; a 25-ride ticket for $43; a season pass for $49 (unlimited rides all season for a family of four or five).

For more information, call 651-228-0263 or check www.mtmuseum.org.