Transportation

Seattle Light Rail Magic

By Jason Leach
Published February 19, 2008

On December 12, 2007, Seattle launched its South Lake Union Streetcar to great fanfare. Has anyone ever seen this happen the first day a new bus service comes into effect?

Crowds gather for the inauguration of Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar (Image Credit: Flickr)
Crowds gather for the inauguration of Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar (Image Credit: Flickr)

Bring that magic to Hamilton!

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted February 19, 2008 at 13:07:33

As I said in my last article (I told you so!) you simply don't get the same excitement (and ridership) with buses.

LRT becomes a part of the tangible infrastructure of the town and thus, an integral part of it's identity. People in LRT towns take pride in their streetcars, just like Hamilton used to do with it's old trolley's.

Hamilton has the density in many of it's existing transit corridors, and the potential to leverage the economic benefits of LRT links. I struggle to understand what it holding the city back.

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By Lyle Lanley (anonymous) | Posted February 19, 2008 at 21:43:15

Coincidentally, Dec 15, 2007 was to have been the inaugural day of Seattleā€™s mothballed 14-mile monorail line, which dinged taxpayers to the tune of $124.7M.

seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/347914_monorail18.html

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By Lyle Lanley (anonymous) | Posted February 20, 2008 at 10:12:07

Seattle magic in two words: Paul Allen.

seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2004163208_pacificpslu10.html?syndication=rss

The SLU streetcar is definitely an interesting initiative, and I love the ING Direct orange, but it seems like the reception hasn't been 100% festive.

seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/220815_lake20.html
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/343001_streetcared.html
seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/343274_streetcar13.html
slog.thestranger.com/2007/12/disappointing_slut
seattleweekly.com/2008-01-23/news/won-t-you-ride-the-s-l-u-t.php


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