THE GS TRAM SITE
SEATTLE - TACOMA
19 Dec. 2009
The system after the extension of the light rail system to Sea-Tac airport.
MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
SALT LAKE CITY
SEATTLE - TACOMA
GS Web Site Home
INSET: SEATTLE-TACOMA REGION
INSET: SEATTLE - CENTRAL AREA
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Operator: King County Metro Transit
||Westlake Center - Fairview
& Campus Drive
LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
Operator: Sound Transit
||Westlake Center - King
(Union) Station - Beacon Hill - Rainier Beach - Tukwila - Seattle-Tacoma
||Theater District/S 9th
Street - Union Station - Tacoma Dome
Operator: Seattle Monorail
||Westlake Center - Seattle
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- 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.
- 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
- Light rail / Streetcars (1st & 2nd generation) / Tourist streetcar: 1435 mm.
- Cable cars: 1067 mm. (except for the Front Street line: 1435 mm.)
- 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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