Seattle Street Cars
THE SEATTLE STREETCAR
now connects to the region's light rail system at Westlake Station! Sound Transit launched Link Light Rail on July 18, 2009. The 14-mile line serves downtown Seattle, the International District/Pioneer Square, the stadiums and SODO, Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Southeast Seattle, Tukwila and SeaTac Airport. To reach Link from the Streetcar's Westlake Hub terminus, you may enter Westlake Center across the street from the streetcar at 5th and Olive and enter the station through the lower level of the mall, or walk one block south on 5th Avenue to the various entrances on Pine Street.
FIRST HILL STREETCAR . . .
The next stop for the Seattle Streetcar is the First Hill Streetcar Line! In November 2008, voters in the Puget Sound area approved “ST2,” the mass transit expansion plan for our region. This measure builds on the Sound Move plan approved in 1996 to expand light rail, commuter rail and express bus service in our region. The ST2 Plan includes funding for the First Hill Streetcar connector project, which links First Hill employment centers to the light rail system via connections on Capitol Hill and in the International District. Through an interlocal agreement, the City of Seattle will build this new streetcar line with funding provided through the mass transit expansion measure. The First Hill Streetcar will connect diverse and vibrant neighborhoods on Capitol Hill, First Hill, and in the Chinatown/International District, while serving medical centers (Harborview, Swedish, and Virginia Mason) and universities (Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University).
The Streetcar will run at 15-minute intervals.
Monday – Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday & Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Adult Fare: $2.50
Reduced Fare (65 and over, persons with disabilities & persons with Medicare cards): $.75
Youth (ages 6-17): $.75
Children 5 and under ride free!
ORCA cards and Metro transfers are accepted as proof of payment on the Seattle Streetcar. Individual ride tickets may also be purchased at the station platforms with debit or credit cards, or on board using cash.
Seattle Streetcar Arrival Times
A Global Position System (GPS) technology that alerts passengers to streetcar arrival times at the 11 stops and on-line, making it easy to schedule and plan a trip. To view mapped, real-time arrival times for the Seattle Streetcar please click here. For a non-map view, click here.
Riding the Seattle streetcar
Welcome to the South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar, the Emerald City's newest way to get around downtown Seattle.
From the fast-growing South Lake Union neighborhood to Seattle's vibrant downtown core, the Streetcar will get you where you want to go. Eleven stops along the 2.6 mile line lead to great culinary experiences, unforgettable entertainment options, and retail offerings as well as Lake Union's new 12 acre water front park. The Streetcar will connect thousands of people to new homes and jobs in this vibrant urban neighborhood.
The South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar conveniently connects to Seattle's other public transit systems including Metro buses; Sound Transit buses, trains and light rail; and the Monorail.
Bus service that makes convenient, useful connections at selected streetcar stops includes Route 8 (Seattle Center, Capitol Hill, Central District), Route 25 (Montlake, University District, Laurelhurst). See the streetcar system map for more details.
So hop on board, Seattle Streetcar is
on line and rolling. Go on, get connected
Tacoma Streetcar Expansion –
Extension of current downtown LRT north towards Tacoma Community College, Federal Way
A series of streetcar lines, augmenting the city’s LRT system:
First Hill Streetcar – 2012 – FUNDED
2-mile streetcar with connections to Link LRT and Sounder CR, serving Capitol Hill and First Hill
Other Lines (not funded and purely conceptual)
Fremont/Ballard Line – extension northwest of South Lake Union Line
University Line – extension northeast of South Lake Union Line.
Central Line – primarily along 1st Ave from Mercer Street south to International District, with an eastern extension to 23rd Ave.
Relevant articles on the Transport Politic: Huge Seattle Streetcar Plan, 9 December 2008; A Month Before Elections, Seattle Approves Plan for First Hill Streetcar, 8 October 2009.