(TWIP mobile post) Construction work is about to begin on Seattle's next streetcar line ( http://bit.ly/HAomKJ ), 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.