On Broadway

City Officials Recommend Streetcar Route


Help me out...how does a streetcar that runs between two light rail stations make any sense? It would seem to make more sense to extend the streetcar line to the north, drawing more riders to the Capitol Hill light rail station.
Transit user walking distance from a light rail station is estimated at 1/4 mile, a few blocks, less with any hill. Walking distance can also include the few blocks between Capital Hill LINK and the nearby streetcar stop. Eventual First Hill Streetcar Line extension closer to the LINK station we can suppose is not ruled out.

Transit users gain a convenient transfer system between the two LINK stations via the First Hill Streetcar Line to various stores and shops, homes and workplaces along its route.
Not to beat the drum too much for your neighbors to the south, but take a look at Portland's streetcar system and how it hooks up with MAX, which happens to work very well. This proposed route in Seattle on Broadway is somewhat similar to the existing system in downtown Portland, where north-south streetcars cross and connect MAX stations heading east and west. No, it's not exactly the same, but the basic synergy is. I'm betting that, as in Portland, there are large numbers of commuters who would use this, just because it makes life easier for them at a relatively low cost. And, like in Portland, I'm betting it would fairly quickly have a dramatic positive effect on development. For a city in America, there are worse fates than emulating Portland, believe me.
The line will connect the 'planned' 1st Avenue Line now in trouble. Streetcar from First Hill to Key Arena is a great idea. But Waterfront attractions and an Interbay Extension is important too, so don't believe a Waterfront Streetcar Line is a lost cause.

The current Alaskan Way boulevard redesign is basicly absurd. Several all-round better designs make room for the Waterfront Streetcar line.

I give Crunican Failing grades, bitterly. It's horrible to watch Seattlers act in ignorance about automobile-related interests that run Seattle and the country. This cabal of industrialist/businessmen want us to believe mounting 5 acres of solar panels along a freeway for its night lights makes sense. "Hey uh hey, sir, could I please have one a them there solar panels, if'n ya got an extry?"