THE GS TRAM SITE

SEATTLE - TACOMA

WASHINGTON, USA

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19 Dec. 2009

The system after the extension of the light rail system to Sea-Tac airport.




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INSET: SEATTLE-TACOMA REGION

Seattle streetcar map 2009


INSET: SEATTLE - CENTRAL AREA

Seattle streetcar map 2009


INSET: TACOMA

Tacoma streetcar map 2009




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ROUTES

STREETCAR ROUTE

Operator: King County Metro Transit

   Westlake Center - Fairview & Campus Drive

LIGHT RAIL ROUTES

Operator: Sound Transit

Central Link Westlake Center - King Street (Union) Station - Beacon Hill - Rainier Beach - Tukwila - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Tacoma Link Theater District/S 9th Street - Union Station - Tacoma Dome

MONORAIL ROUTE

Operator: Seattle Monorail Services

   Westlake Center - Seattle Center


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Streetcar line: 2.1 km.
  • Light rail lines: 27.7 km.
    • Central Link: 25.1 km.
    • Tacoma Link: 2.6 km.
  • Monorail: 1.9 km.


HISTORY

  • Horse-trams:
    • Seattle: 1884 - 1889
    • Tacoma: 1888 - ?;
  • Cable cars: 27 Sept. 1888 - 2 Sept. 1940 (some were steam-operated initially, but all became electric after 3 June 1912)
  • Streetcars (electric):
    • Seattle: 30 March 1889 - 13 Apr. 1941; 12 Dec. 2007 - today
    • Tacoma: - 8 Apr. 1938
  • Waterfront (tourist) streetcar: 29 May 1982 - 19 Nov. 2005
  • Interurbans (electric):
    • Seattle-Everett Interurban: 1907 - 1919 (sold to Seattle Electric, later, Pacific NW Traction Southern Division, service until 20 Feb. 1939)
    • Everett-Snohomish Interurban: 1 Dec. 1903 - 1921
    • Bellingham & Skagit Interurban (later, Pacific NW Traction Northern Division): 1 Sept. 1912 - 1 June 1930
    • Seattle-Tacoma Interurban: 25 Sept. 1902 - 1928
  • Light rail:
    • Seattle: 18 July 2009 - today
    • Tacoma: 22 Aug. 2003 - today
  • Monorail: 24 March 1962 - today

GAUGE

  • Light rail / Streetcars (1st & 2nd generation) / Tourist streetcar: 1435 mm.
  • Cable cars: 1067 mm. (except for the Front Street line: 1435 mm.)

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Blanchard, L. The Street Railway Era in Seattle: A Chronicle of Six Decades Forty Fort (PA): Harold E. Cox, 1968.
  • Price, J.H. "Museum News [Seattle]", Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, Jan. 1982 (45:529), p.30-31.
  • Ryan, C. & Stadler, K.K. Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway. Charleston (SC): Arcadia, 2010
  • Simons, V. "Seattle: Cutting edge LRT solutions", Tramways & Urban Transit, Jan. 2016 (79:937), p.9-13.
  • Streetcar routes - April 1st, 1931 Seattle: Seattle Municipal Street Railway, 1931 (Mimeographed)
  • Taplin, M.R. "Miraculous in Seattle", Tramways & Urban Transit, Oct. 2009 (72:862), p.380-381.
  • Wing, W.W. To Seattle by trolley: The story of the Seattle-Everett Interurban and the "Trolley that went to sea". Edmonds (WA): Pacific Fast Mail, 1988
  • Zahler A., Marti A. & Thomsen G. Seattle's South Park. Charleston (SC): Arcadia, 2006

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