Welcome to the Seattle Streetcar! Your link to information about the modern streetcar line connecting downtown Seattle to South Lake Union, project updates for the next Streetcar line to First Hill, and plans for expansion of the streetcar network.
Seattle Streetcar, Link light rail, and Metro bus fares will change this Sunday, March 1. For more information on Seattle Streetcar fares click here. Information on Link light rail and Metro bus fares is available on the Sound Transit and King County Metro websites, respectively.
First Hill Streetcar
Update on First Hill Streetcar
Preparations are underway to begin service on the First Hill Streetcar Line, a new urban mobility option funded through Sound Transit’s “ST2” mass transit expansion plan. The First Hill Streetcar will support economic growth and strengthen connections among the places where people live, work and socialize. It will be an important link in the regional transit system, and will connect the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown ID and Pioneer Square. The system will provide reliable, frequent service with headways of approximately 10 minutes during peak periods. Service will operate 5 AM to 1 AM Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and holidays, service will operate 10 AM to 8 PM.
A fleet of six streetcars will support this service, with three to five streetcars in operation during the service day. The streetcars are supplied by Inekon, the Czech company that built the streetcars that have operated on Seattle’s South Lake Union Line since 2007. Three of the cars are being assembled in the Czech Republic and three are being assembled by a local labor force at Seattle’s First Hill Streetcar Operations and Maintenance Facility.
As previously announced, the manufacturer of streetcars for the First Hill Line has failed to meet the delivery milestones for the six-vehicle fleet, which has delayed both testing and the start of passenger service. SDOT is assessing liquidated damages against the contract price and tracking the manufacturing progress on a daily basis. SDOT cannot establish an opening date until we are satisfied that the manufacturer can meet commitments to a revised schedule for all six vehicles.
The first car was tested in the Czech Republic in December and arrived at the Port of Tacoma February 15; delivery to the Streetcar Operations & Maintenance Facility is expected soon pending Port operations.
For more information on performance testing of the first car, see Battery Drive System Impresses in First Test of New Streetcars
For more information on the testing and startup process, see First Hill Streetcar Testing and Startup Overview
South Lake Union Streetcar
South Lake Union Line Welcomes ORCA Fare Transaction Technology
Do you use an ORCA card to ride transit in the Puget Sound region? The South Lake Union Streetcar now provides ORCA fare transaction processors at most station platforms. Look for the yellow posts. If you are transferring to or from a bus or Link Light Rail, the ORCA system will calculate your transfer. To find out more about how to buy ORCA cards click here. Thanks for riding!
Broadway Streetcar Extension
Concept Design & Terminus Options
For the Broadway Streetcar Extension
The City of Seattle has secured funding to plan and design the First Hill Streetcar Line’s Broadway Extension. This project would extend the line into Broadway’s retail core.
See the Broadway Extension page to view preliminary concepts of the extended route and terminus options and provide comments.
FHS Bicycle Presentation: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board August 3, 2011