It was also noted that the trend away from trams began before National City lines was founded and that the experience in Melbourne was different from other Australian cities, well actually, other cities in Oceania. Our tramway network is one of the few surviving first-generation ones that is primarily street running.
Practically the entire tramway network of New Orleans is on reserved track in the medians of their boulevards, as is most of Boston's network. Boston also has some underground running in the busiest part of the urban area as do Philadelphia and Newark, and both Pittsburgh and San Francisco have tram tunnels through large hills, all this underground running practically guaranteed that trams would remain.
That of Toronto is another surviving one without using these alternatives, and the only survivor in the western hemisphere like that, and the experience there appears to be similar to Melbourne.
It is actually the same with most surviving tramways of Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, including most of the European tram systems listed here, like St. Petersberg, Prague, Budapest, Moscow and Warsaw. They all use considerable alternatives to street running, keep in mind both absolute and relative figures.