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Operator City of Seattle
System Type Streetcar
Year Opened 2007
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 3
Mileage 2.6 miles (RT)
Stations 11
Gauge Standard
Power Overhead
Fare Media Cash
Website Streetcar
Data Date 2008
1st Visit 12/2007
Last Visit 4/2011
% Rode 100%

Seattle Transit
South Lake Union Streetcar

The streetcar

This is Seattle's newest transit option (at least until the Light Rail opens). The Streetcar opened in December of 2007. The line runs from Westlake in Downtown, up Westlake Ave to Lake Union, ending at Fairview.

The line uses 3 Inkeon Trio cars similar to Portland's Streetcar. The line runs point-to-point with the only single track at Westlake hub.

The line got a nickname from neighbors, they call it the South Lake Union Trolley, or SLUT for short. This is because many feel the city built this line to help multi-millionaire Paul Allen re-develop the area around Lake Union. A small hole in the wall coffee shop called Kapow Coffee (no longer in business) extended the idea with t-shirts.

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