The Tram is an uncontrollable street car featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The Tram was supposed to be featured in Grand Theft Auto 1, but was cut in the final game.
Grand Theft Auto 1
In Grand Theft Auto 1, accessible trams were considered early during the game's development, but it was not finished, 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.
The design of the Tram is very generic, featuring four windows on the roof and a pink color.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Tram is based on 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 never any brakemen/conductor seen controlling the Tram or any passengers seen riding it, and the player cannot board or drive it. All trams have Garcia as their destination, displayed on the sides of the cars, toward the top. The Tram will appear in the form of either a single car or a double car.
Like in GTA 1, the ability to ride the tram was cut from the game before release. Similarly to the Freight Train and the Brown Streak, the Tram is completely indestructible and cannot be stopped by obstructions, and cannot be derailed. However, it can be targeted with the Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher, though they have no effect on it; it is also possible to drain the 'health' of a tram car to zero, after what rocket launchers will no longer lock onto the tram. Its rear is also able to catch on fire through the use of, for example, a Molotov Cocktail. Unlike Trains, the Trams never 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 counter-clockwise. There is a Tram terminal in the King's district, but Trams are most usually seen in the Garcia district.
Grand Theft Auto V
The Tram bears resemblance to the LA Metro Green Line Siemens Light Rail Vehicle and it 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 and the Aerial Tramway (which functions similar to the tram), the rides cannot be skipped.
In Grand Theft Auto 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. It is also possible to destroy the Tram with the use of explosives.
Version History Gallery
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- In Test Drive, when Cesar Vialpando drives in front of the tram, he mentions a tram driver, despite the tram having no brakeman.
Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
- 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, the tram will still function normally.
- The Tram has a cop horn, most notably when the player is riding one. This horn is also used to warn the player that it is approaching them. It has also a Freight Train horn, heard when an object (especially a vehicle) blocks its way.
- It is possible to ragdoll into the driver's cabin through the front window, and move around until the Tram leaves the station. The player will be teleported to the passengers after the Tram is in motion.
- In Grand Theft Auto Online, if the player destroys a personal vehicle by hitting the side of the tram at high speed, the player will not be charged for it.
- The tram rails are mostly underground and offer an excellent opportunity to hide from the cops.
- In Grand Theft Auto: 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 Grand Theft Auto: 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 Brown Streak or a Freight in a garage.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, there were rare cases where the Tram will spawn in a single car, exposing the empty space on the rear (with a rather odd texture view due to it supposed to be connected with the second car). This was later patched.
- In GTA Online, after the doors have opened, the doors may 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.