Streetcar expansion proposal approved

The Seattle City Council wants to see a network of streetcars, but they haven’t figured out how to pay for the $600 million project.

The Council approved a measure today which will expand the network from the current South Lake Union streetcar and the previously-approved First Hill line to other areas of the city. One of those proposed lines will go from downtown Seattle to Fremont and Ballard. “In these economic times, a potential street car network is exactly the type of public works project we should be considering,” states City Councilmember Tim Burgess. “The line creates another efficient, affordable alternative to driving, which will help position the city to accommodate anticipated population growth and manage its transportation needs.” No money has been committed for this project.

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