Whether you love the rides or hate having to always watch your back, the tram cars are synonymous with the Wildwood boardwalk scene.

Since their inception in 1939, the tram cars have taken passengers from one place to another faster than simply walking. In its early days, it was used as a way to get around the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, according to NJ.com. It wasn’t until 10 years later, did the transportation titan reach New Jersey.

According to NJ.com, during the summer months, the tram cars can transport anywhere from 500,000 to 600,000 people. In one day, tram cars can transport as many as 10,000 people a day. It’s estimated that since 1949, the service has transported around 20 million people

However the history of the service hasn’t always been good.

In 2003, the service almost didn’t run that summer due to licensing issues and was eventually saved by a private non-profit, according to NJ.com. 

But with technology advancing with things such as hoverboards and electronic skateboards, the question is: how much longer are we going to need this service and will it ever become obsolete? Let us know in the comments.

Source: NJ.com

This article was written by Mike Reina, TSM South Jersey summer intern.