Tacoma Urbanist

Dec. 10, 2007 at 12:45am

Seattle Plans 5 or more street car lines

Today, the Seattle Times reports that Seattle has now brought another street car line up and is planning on 5 to 6 more street car lines in the next 20 years. 


Question: When does Tacoma get one street car line working?


South Lake Union streetcar on the past track


MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A streetcar prepares to head from downtown Seattle toward Lake Union during a driver-training session last month. The South Lake Union streetcar begins service this week on an 11-stop, 1.3-mile route from the Westin Hotel to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Opening day

On Wednesday, streetcar service is scheduled to start a bit after noon. Ribbon-cutting is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Westlake Hub, at Westlake Avenue and Olive Way. Rides this month are free.

On the brink of an economic boom, Seattle businessmen promoted a streetcar line along Westlake Avenue, where they dreamed the tracks would spark more business and home construction.

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Built in just five days, the Lake Union line became part of a 70-mile collection of electric and cable-car lines that put Seattle on the cutting edge of transit innovation when the 20th century arrived. The streetcar age ended in 1941, when the system succumbed to money shortages, new highways and buses.

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Comments

by NineInchNachos on 12/10/2007 @ 12:25pm
well there's the tacoma link... also the streetcar service in old spaghetti factory. ?

by Erik on 12/10/2007 @ 1:04pm
also the streetcar service in old spaghetti factory. ?

That could be a Tacomic: the state of Tacoma's street car system : Old Spaghetti Factory.

by Marty on 12/11/2007 @ 4:07pm
S-outh
L-ake
U-nion
T-ransit

Great name!!!!

by Erik on 12/15/2007 @ 11:21am
Interesting.

I wonder what the name for Tacomas would be?