Seattle Streetcar / Light Rail News
December 7, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am #197146
railwayage.com wrote Seattle considers more streetcars
Buoyed by the success of the modest 1.3-mile South Lake Union Streetcar which began revenue operations almost one year ago, the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee is recommending streetcar operations be expanded to other parts of the city. The committee Tuesday voted 4-2 to support a proposed $685 million streetcar expansion, with lines running up First Hill (Hospital Hill), down 1st Avenue, and up to the University District, among other locations.
Full funding has not been identified for the proposal, which will be considered by the full City Council next week. But Seattle voters last month did approve some funds for the First Hill line as part of Proposition 1, a half-cent tax increase desilgned to provide $17.9 billion to Sound Transit during the next two decades.
Ridership on the South Lake Union Streetcar in 2008 reached 347,000 on October 1, “surpassing first-year ridership three months ahead of schedule,” supporters say. The $52.1 million project, funded largely with local funds generated by a special tax district, opened Dec. 12, 2007.December 7, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am #197147
How ’bout that? Another successful street car system that bested ridership estimates.December 18, 2008 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm #197148
Ballard News Tribune wrote Streetcar could expand to Ballard, eventually
By Michael Harthorne
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The South Lake Union streetcar line could have company in the future after the Seattle City Council voted Dec. 8 to support developing a four-line streetcar network, including service to Ballard, although development of that line could be years away.
The resolution passed 6-3 and contains no specific designs, timetables or funds for the new lines, but states the council’s desire to move forward with the streetcar concept they unanimously approved in February.
The four new lines in order of priority are First Hill, Central, Ballard and University District.
The First Hill line will be built first because it is the only line with a definite source of funding. Sound Transit 2, approved by voters as Proposition 1 in November, dedicates $120 million to construction of that line plus some operating costs.
The Ballard line, to run Downtown via Fremont, is a priority because Ballard and Fremont are two areas of the city that need a lot of attention in terms of reliable and attractive transit said council president Richard Conlin.
Completing the four proposed streetcar lines is important for creating a seamless transit system in Seattle, council member Jan Drago said.
The South Lake Union streetcar has exceeded projections by serving approximately 500,000 passengers since it opened in December according to Drago. But new lines are needed to connect it with the forthcoming First Hill line and other neighborhoods to utilize it to its full extent she said.
Opponents of the resolution and supporters of a defeated resolution opposing the streetcar network said it is too soon to offer support for a transit plan that has no source of funding and may not help transit in the area.
According the Streetcar Network Development Report, construction of the four lines could cost as much as $685 million. With the city facing a projected budget shortfall, there is no guarantee when funds for construction, exempting the $120 million from Sound Transit, will be available.
“It’s a wonderful idea,” council member Richard McIver said. “But we ain’t got no money.”March 11, 2009 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm #197149
Video highlighting the Seattle Streetcar, how it ties into other transit systems, how it works, and some of the transit-oriented-development it has spurred:July 20, 2009 2:29 pm at 2:29 pm #197150
Light rail shows Seattle is ‘growing up’
Seattle Times staff columnist
Seattle, the little engine that doubted it could, finally got its train.
Today we’re a bit more like Chicago or New York than we were yesterday.
“We now join the cities of the world,” Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said, as the inaugural light-rail train jostled down Rainier Valley toward Tukwila on Saturday morning. “We are growing up.”July 20, 2009 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #197151
Now if only Columbus could decide to implement a) street car, b) light rail, or c) commuter rail instead of some half-assed hybrid of all three that would be nice.October 11, 2011 6:14 pm at 6:14 pm #197152
Should Seattle spend millions to plan more streetcars?
By Mike Lindblom
Seattle Times transportation reporter
If voters approve a $204 million plan to boost transit, street and bicycle-pedestrian funding in Seattle, they might also be creating momentum to make a huge future investment in streetcars.
One polarizing piece of Proposition 1 is its $18 million allotment for streetcar planning, outreach, engineering and possibly some construction.
The city already has a South Lake Union streetcar, and a 2013 line is planned on First Hill, paid for by Sound Transit and built by the city. The City Council wants to link those lines through downtown, with First Avenue the leading candidate.October 11, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #197153
Sorry, I’m trying to get up to speed here. Are there a lot of fellow Seattle ex-pats here on the CU(if so–hello!), or is there just a lot of interest in Seattle as a primary transportation model for Columbus?October 11, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #197154
I know of a few people who have lived in Seattle who post here.
Personally, I just like keeping up with what other cities are doing in terms of transit development, partly just to see what works well and what doesn’t. ;)November 3, 2011 2:37 am at 2:37 am #197155
Agreement on Downtown Tunneling for Seattle Region’s East Link Light Rail
October 30th, 2011
At a cost of $2.5 billion, Seattle’s planned East Link light rail extension project is one of the nation’s largest and most expensive transit expansion programs, which makes it remarkable in itself. A new connection across Lake Washington and into the cities of Bellevue and Redmond will significantly decrease transit times for intercity trips in the region and attract about 50,000 riders a day once it is completed in 2023.February 13, 2013 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm #197156
Streetcars Make a Return to Seattle
By Global Site Plans – The Grid on 11 February 2013
Most people associate cable cars with San Francisco. However, it was only 125 years ago that they were a popular form of transit in Seattle. In 1884, a horse-drawn trolley between Occidental Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle marked the beginning of public transit in the city. Because of the similarities to San Francisco’s topography, it made sense to convert Seattle’s transportation system to cable cars as well.
READ MORE: http://thisbigcity.net/streetcars-make-a-return-to-seattle/June 11, 2013 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm #197157
Seattle mayor proposes new downtown streetcar line
BY JOSH KERNS on June 3, 2013 @ 11:20 am
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is pushing a new streetcar line to connect First Hill and South Lake Union through downtown, he announced Monday.
April 29, 2014 9:33 am at 9:33 am #1012061
With Prop. 1 defeated, King County to move to eliminate 72 bus routes
by Q13 Fox News Staff
SEATTLE — King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Wednesday that, with the defeat of Proposition 1 in the special election, he will send legislation Thursday to the County Council to eliminate 72 Metro Transit bus routes and reduce service by 550,000 hours.
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