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The Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar—First Hill Line, commonly called the First Hill Streetcar, is a 2.5-mile (4.0 km)[2] modern-streetcar line[3] operating in Seattle. The line connects the Capitol Hill, First Hill, and the International District neighborhoods in central Seattle. It is one of two lines in the developing Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar system. Construction of the line began in April 2012,[4] and was completed in June 2014, but delays in the delivery and testing of the streetcar vehicles delayed the opening of the line[5][6][7][8] to January 2016.[9]

Contents

1 History 2 Vehicles 3 Route and stops

3.1 Stations 3.2 Stops

4 Future Expansion

4.1 Center City Connector 4.2 Broadway extension

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

First Hill Streetcars under construction

First Hill is considered a regional destination due to its concentration of major medical facilities and Seattle
Seattle
University. It was to be served by a deep-bore Link light rail
Link light rail
station as part of the North Link
North Link
project. Due to high construction and engineering risk, Sound Transit
Sound Transit
removed the station from the North Link
North Link
preferred route in July 2005. The First Hill Work Program did a study to evaluate alternative transit options to connect First Hill to the regional transit system. Neighborhood residents, institutions, and business owners strongly preferred a streetcar.[10] Sound Transit
Sound Transit
plans to have 10 stops on the line.[5] The $134 million[4] line is funded as part of the Sound Transit
Sound Transit
2 mass transit expansion ballot measure approved by voters in November 2008. It was approved by the Seattle
Seattle
City Council in December 2008.[11] Sound Transit
Sound Transit
developed an interlocal agreement with the City of Seattle
Seattle
for the City to design and construct the transit line.[12] Construction began in late April 2012,[13] and the line was originally scheduled to open in 2015.[5][7] There had been a debate on the exact routing of the First Hill streetcar line. A community group petitioned the city of Seattle
Seattle
to run the streetcar down 12th Avenue, 2 blocks east of Broadway. The First Hill Improvement Association, however, wanted the streetcar to run down Boren Avenue, turn right on Seneca Street and back to Broadway to bring it closer to the core of the neighborhood.[14] The City selected a route on Broadway. The line opened with a soft launch on January 23, 2016, with 2 weeks of free rides until the grand opening on February 13, during the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown.[9][15][16] Vehicles[edit]

Car 403 on Yesler Way, passing a new apartment building

The streetcars were built by Inekon Trams, of the Czech Republic, the same company that built the vehicles for Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar's South Lake Union line. The vehicles are based on Inekon's bi-directional 12-Trio model, but are a variant that is designated as Trio model 121.[17] Unlike Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar's original fleet of streetcars, used on the South Lake Union line, vehicles serving the First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
line operate using the overhead wires for the outbound/northbound/uphill leg and under battery power for the inbound/southbound/downhill leg of the route. Production fell behind schedule due to design safety as well as component supply issues, and this delayed the line's opening[8] until early 2016. The First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
line requires six streetcars (five in normal operation and an additional operational spare) for the initial segment. Of the initial six cars, three were assembled at Inekon's facilities in the Czech Republic and the remaining three were assembled locally in Seattle
Seattle
by Pacifica Marine. All streetcars were delivered in 2015 and began testing the required 310 miles (500 km) for each vehicle that year.[18] Route and stops[edit] The First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
line begins at South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue in Pioneer Square. The line continues east on South Jackson Street, stopping at 5th Ave in the International District near the International District/Chinatown light rail/bus station, and at both 7th and 13th Avenues. The line then turns north on 14th Avenue South, stopping at South Washington Street before turning west on Yesler Way. After a stop at Yesler Way
Yesler Way
and Broadway, the line turns north onto Broadway, stopping at Terrace, Marion, and Pike/Pine streets before terminating near the Capitol Hill light rail station at Broadway and Denny Way. Stations[edit]

The southern terminus, on South Jackson Street at Occidental Avenue in Pioneer Square

Each of the station platforms features an inlaid map showing each of the stops and their corresponding elevation above sea level. The actual station being depicted is marked with an embedded LED light. Each station offers a shelter with seating as well as real-time arrival information and off-board payment using ORCA Card. In addition, ticket machines (TVMs) will be installed at each stop.

Stops[edit]

Name Neighborhood Landmarks and connections Notes

First Hill Streetcar

S Jackson Street & Occidental Ave S Pioneer Square Connections to Washington State Ferries, King County Water Taxi. Serves Occidental Park, Waterfront and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Northbound only; southern terminus

S Jackson Street & 5th Avenue S Chinatown/International District Connections to Downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle
Transit Tunnel at International District/Chinatown station and to Sounder commuter rail
Sounder commuter rail
at King Street Station. Serves Uwajimaya

S Jackson Street & 7th Avenue S Chinatown/International District Serves Wing Luke Asian Museum, Kobe Terrace

S Jackson Street & 13th Avenue S Little Saigon/International District Serves Little Saigon/International District

14th Avenue S & S Washington Street Central District Serves Central District

Yesler Way
Yesler Way
& Broadway Yesler Terrace Serves Yesler Terrace. Shared with King County Metro
King County Metro
routes 27 and 60.

Broadway & Terrace Street First Hill Serves Harborview Medical Center. Shared with King County Metro
King County Metro
route 9.

Broadway & Marion Street First Hill Serves Seattle
Seattle
University, Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Shared with King County Metro route 9.

Broadway & E Pike Street Pike/Pine Serves Seattle
Seattle
Central College. Shared with King County Metro
King County Metro
routes 9 and 60. Southbound only

Broadway & E Pine Street Pike/Pine Serves Seattle
Seattle
Central College. Shared with King County Metro
King County Metro
routes 9 and 60. Northbound only

Broadway & E Howell Street Capitol Hill Connection to Link Light Rail
Link Light Rail
at Capitol Hill station. Serves Cal Anderson Park. Northern terminus

Future Expansion[edit] Center City Connector[edit] In 2014, the City of Seattle
Seattle
approved the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Center City Connector via Resolution 31526[19] which will connect the First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
Occidental Street terminus to the South Lake Union line via dedicated streetcar lanes on 1st Avenue. The Federal Transit Administration
Federal Transit Administration
has since approved the City of Seattle’s request for entry into project development.[20]

Broadway extension[edit] The currently halted Broadway Streetcar
Streetcar
project would have extended the First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
a half-mile farther north on Capitol Hill into the commercial core of Broadway with two stops near Harrison Street and Roy Street at a cost of $28 million. The project would have also included an extension of the protected bike lanes to Roy Street and improvements to the surrounding streetscape.[21] In December 2016, the project was placed on an indefinite hold after the city had completed design work to the 90% stage at a cost of $3 million dollars. The planned extension was halted due to a lack of support from businesses for the design (particularly a shortage of loading zones for delivery trucks) and the financial plan, which would involve taxing properties located along the alignment.[22][23] See also[edit]

South Lake Union Streetcar Seattle Streetcar
Seattle Streetcar
Network Waterfront Streetcar List of town tramway systems in the United States List of town tramway systems in North America Streetcars in North America

References[edit]

^ "First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
First Anniversary". sdotblog.seattle.gov. January 24, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017.  ^ a b "First Hill StreetCar Construction - Frequently Asked Questions". Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar. Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ First Hill Connector project description (PDF) ^ a b Gutierrez, Scott (August 6, 2012). "How the streetcar construction is already changing First Hill". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 21, 2012.  ^ a b c "First Hill Line - Project Overview". Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.  ^ Lindblom, Mike (September 23, 2014). "First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
delayed: Line is ready, streetcars are not". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved October 5, 2014.  ^ a b "First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
delayed until 2015: New plan would move more rider revenue to Seattle". Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle
blog. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.  ^ a b Lindblom, Mike (December 2, 2015). "Almost ready to ride: tours of delayed First Hill streetcar line begin". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  ^ a b Lindblom, Mike (January 22, 2016). "Seattle's First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
to open Saturday with free rides". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. Retrieved January 22, 2016.  ^ "First Hill Streetcar". Sound Transit. Retrieved August 30, 2014.  ^ Mulady, Kathy (December 8, 2008). "Council OKs streetcar network". Seattle
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved August 30, 2014.  ^ "First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
Project Schedule" (PDF). Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar. Winter 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ "City of Seattle
Seattle
and Sound Transit
Sound Transit
Break Ground on the First Hill Streetcar" (Press release). Sound Transit. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2012.  ^ FHIA Letter to Seattle
Seattle
Councilmember Jan Drago (PDF) ^ "All Aboard The First Hill Streetcar". The Capitol Hill Times. Pacific Publishing. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016.  ^ "First Hill Streetcar
Streetcar
begins service amid firecrackers and lions". Northwest Asian Weekly. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016.  ^ "Inekon Group zahájil výrobu tramvají pro USA" [Inekon Group starts production of trams for USA] (in Czech). Inekon Group. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2016-01-25.  ^ Green, Josh (October 15, 2015). "Testing ramps up on First Hill Streetcar". KING 5 News. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  ^ "Center City Connector - Project Overview". Seattle
Seattle
Streetcar. Retrieved July 21, 2014.  ^ "Center City Connector - FTA Approval" (PDF). Federal Transit Administration. Retrieved July 21, 2014.  ^ Hamlin, Kelsey (October 26, 2017). "Moving on from streetcar extension plan, city also ditches Broadway bike and street improvements". Capitol Hill Seattle
Seattle
blog. Retrieved October 26, 2017.  ^ "Broadway Streetcar
Streetcar
Information - Project Overview". Seattle Streetcar. Retrieved August 9, 2014.  ^ Osowski, Kaylee (December 13, 2016). " Seattle
Seattle
City Hall presses pause on Broadway streetcar extension". Capitol Hill Seattle. Retrieved March 3, 2017. 

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