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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Seattle City Council approves new Capitol Hill streetcar line

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The Seattle City Council approved a deal with Sound Transit for a line to connect the downtown transit tunnel from the International District to the light rail station at Capitol Hill, which is now under construction.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reports Sound Transit will pay the city $120 million to build the line plus about $5 million a year to operate it.

Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said the First Hill Streetcar Connector compensates for dropping plans for a light rail stop on First Hill.

The streetcar line will be funded by the $18 billion package regional voters approved last November.

The city's south Lake Union streetcar line opened in December 2007.

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