Seattle First Hill Streetcar opens with “soft launch”

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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Extra cars were sent to handle the crowds that turned up for the First Hill Streetcar’s opening day.
Seattle Streetcar

In Seattle, Wash., the First Hill Streetcar opened with a soft launch January 23, a few weeks before it's grand opening ceremony and celebration.


Seattle Department of Transportation and its partners, Sound Transit and King County Metro, will now be able to provide riders an easy link to other modes of travel, including Metro buses, Link light rail, Pronto bike sharing, Washington State Ferries, Sounder and Amtrak. The streetcar will connect riders to the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Little Saigon, Chinatown, Japantown and Pioneer Square.

The First Hill Streetcar line will serve major medical centers (Swedish Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center), institutions of higher learning (Seattle Central College and Seattle University) and major sporting event venues (CenturyLink & Safeco Field).


Categories: OFF Track Maintenance, Rapid Transit/Light Rail