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VEHICLE
Tram
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A Tram in GTA V
Vehicle type Train
Body style Streetcar
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas (U)
Grand Theft Auto V (U)

Grand Theft Auto Online (U)


The Tram is a non-drivable street car in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which appears on tracks around San Fierro and in Grand Theft Auto V around Los Santos. There is a Tram terminal in the King's district, but Trams are most usually seen in the Garcia district.

GTA 1

In GTA 1, accessible trams were considered early during the game's development, but wasn't finalized, possibly explaining the absence of train services in San Andreas. The accessible trams were similar to the train systems in Liberty City and Vice City.

GTA San Andreas

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A tram in GTA San Andreas.

The Tram is based off of the single-ended variant of the "California Car" cable car, the kind which typically run on the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines of the San Francisco cable car system. There are two different Trams that operate in San Fierro, a single car variant and a double car variant. There are never any brakemen seen controlling the Tram or any passengers seen riding it, and the player cannot board or drive it. Trams can commonly be seen with their destination displayed on the sides of the cars, toward the top.

Like GTA 1, the ability to ride the tram was cut from the game before release, most likely because that it was unnecessary and required extra programming and San Fierro was the smallest urban area. A notable aspect of the Tram, like all trains in the game, is that it is completely indestructible and cannot be stopped by obstructions. However, it can be targeted with Heat-Seeking Rocket Launchers, though they have no effect on it. Its rear is also able to catch on fire through the use of, for example, a Molotov Cocktail. Unlike Trains, it does not stop.

Although double tracked sections exist in the Tram's route that branch off from the single track, all Trams only use the inner tracks, and they can only be seen traveling anti-clockwise.

GTA V

The Tram bears resemblance to the LA Metro Gold Line trams and is seen in the television show, The Underbelly Of Paradise passing through a Los Santos neighborhood behind FIB agent Steve Haines. The tram belongs to Los Santos Transit and services the majority of the Los Santos metropolitan area by stopping at ten stations and whilst skipping another due to construction. The player can ride the trams by walking through the open doors, the tram will begin to move and give the player a cinematic view. Unlike previous games, the rides can not be skipped; this could possibly be a bug as the Aerial Tramway (which functions similar to the tram) can be skipped. Overhead catenary lines near the Strawberry Station can also be seen in the first trailer.

GTA Online

In GTA Online, the Tram can be entered through the doors when the Tram is stopped, allowing the player to walk inside while it is in motion. A glitch always occurs after the doors have opened which causes the doors to never close, this allows an infinite number of passengers to enter and also allows passengers to leave the tram at any time, even whilst it is moving. It is also possible to destroy the Tram with the use of explosives.

Trivia

General

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • A simple way to make it drivable on the railway lines (via modding) is to switch any train's ID number with the Tram's. When opening the "door", the whole tram moves. To drive the Tram on its own tracks, the player will have to resort to a CLEO script.
  • There are mods that allow the Tram to be ridden by the player and/or NPCs, seeing as it is one of the only unusable vehicles in the game.
  • All trams in GTA San Andreas have Garcia displayed as their destination, although they are never seen stopping there. 
  • In Test Drive, when Cesar Vialpando drives in front of the tram, he mentions a tram driver, despite the tram having no brakeman. 
  • When driving the Tram with a mod, it is much easier to derail as the Tram is shorter and goes around sharper turns and steep inclines.
  • Similarly to the Brown Streak and the Freight, while playing in multiplayer, a player can lock onto any of the tram cars and see that there is health for each car. The health of the cars can be drained to zero but there is no effect of this at all, compared to normal vehicles that explode when at zero health.
    • The cars can also be locked on with a Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher or a Hydra, but it will not affect the tram neither. When the health of car is drained to zero after firing a certain number of rockets, it cannot be locked on anymore.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Just like the Train, being hit by the Tram at any speed will directly kill the player.
  • In GTA V, the Tram will stop if the player blocks the tracks. It will not however if the driver is shot/held at gunpoint.
  • If the player shoots the Tram driver in GTA V, the tram will still function normally.
  • In GTA V, the Tram has a Cop horn, most notably when the player is riding one. It has also a Train horn, heard when an object (especially a vehicle) blocks its way.
  • In GTA V, if you hide in the Tram while wanted, the police will not see you and you will lose your wanted level quickly. (Not tested above 2 stars).
  • In GTA Online, the Tram can be stopped using Sticky Bombs.
  • In GTA V, it is possible to ragdoll into the driver's cabin through the front window, and can move around until the Tram leaves the station. You'll be teleported to the passengers after the Tram is in motion.

Glitches

  • In GTA San Andreas, if the player climbs onto the Tram and takes a picture, CJ will fall into Blue Hell and, after a few moments, will land on the sidewalk beside the Tram.
  • In GTA San Andreas, there are times when the Tram completely stops. It usually happens after accidentally appearing in a cutscene.
  • Saving a derailed Tram in a garage will crash the game when the door is reopened, same as saving a Train in a garage.

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