Seattle Streetcar

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Seattle Streetcar
Seattle Streetcar logo.svg
Streetcar 301 in South Lake Union, Seattle.jpg
Owner Seattle Department of Transportation
Locale Seattle, Washington
Transit type Modern low-floor streetcar
Number of lines 2[1]
Number of stations 17 stops[1]
Daily ridership 2,200 (in 2014)[2]
Annual ridership 707,700 (in 2014)[3]
Began operation December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12)
Operator(s) King County Metro
Character Street running
Number of vehicles
  • 3 Inekon 12-Trio
  • 7 Inekon Trio Type 121
System length 3.8 mi (6.1 km)[4][5]

The Seattle Streetcar is a system of two modern streetcar lines operating in the city of Seattle, Washington since 2007.

The streetcar lines are owned by the Seattle Department of Transportation and operated by King County Metro.

Current lines[edit]

South Lake Union Streetcar[edit]

The South Lake Union Streetcar is a 1.3-mile (2.1 km), seven-stop line[4] serving the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Its route goes from the Westlake hub to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union. Transfers can be made at Westlake to many bus routes on the surface streets, and to some bus routes and Link Light Rail in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel's Westlake Station. The line opened to the public in 2007. In 2008, about half a million people rode the Seattle Streetcar, averaging out to about 1,400 riders per day.[6]

First Hill Streetcar[edit]

Main article: First Hill Streetcar

The First Hill Streetcar is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km), 10-stop line[5] that connects Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill via Chinatown, Little Saigon, Yesler Terrace, and First Hill. The line opened to the public in January 2016.[7]

Future lines[edit]

Broadway Streetcar[edit]

The Broadway Streetcar project would extend the First Hill Streetcar a half-mile further north on Capitol Hill into the commercial core of Broadway.[8] Two stations would be added near Harrison Street and Roy Street. The project is currently in the final design phase and construction could begin as early as late 2016.[8]

Center City Connector[edit]

The Center City Connector project would connect the existing South Lake Union Streetcar at Westlake to the First Hill Streetcar with new tracks along 1st Avenue and Stewart Street in Downtown Seattle.[9][10] It will serve popular downtown destinations like Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, Colman Dock and Pioneer Square.

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External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google