A view of the LACMTA Gold Line light rail in Highland Park. This is a new Breda P2550 light rail vehicle.

The American Public Transportation Association defines light rail as:

...a mode of transit service (also called streetcar, tramway, or trolley) operating passenger rail cars singly (or in short, usually two-car or three-car, trains) on fixed rails in right-of-way that is often separated from other traffic for part or much of the way.

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