Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Seattle takes another big transit step

(TWIP mobile post) Construction work is about to begin on Seattle's next streetcar line ( ), between downtown and First Hill.

Not only does the project mean better transit in the state's densest neighborhood, it will also improve road safety with installation of a cycle track on Broadway, and a kickstart of a local streetcar manufacturing industry.

The line also makes up for Sound Transit's retraction of its original promise of a Link station under First Hill, cancelled due to soil conditions.

But the most significant thing is that the line is the first instance of Link being served by another fixed-guideway system acting as a collector-distributor.

This makes the First Hill Streetcar arguably the first step toward an actual citywide rail network, assuming we can find the vision, leadership and money to complete the job.

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