Between the waterfront construction, removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, creation of the Highway 99 tunnel, plans to connect Pike Place Market to the waterfront and plans for Seattle Aquarium expansion, the Seattle Waterfront is going to look extremely different in about 4-5 years.
With all of these changes and the inevitable influx of tourists and traffic that they will bring, is it time for Seattle to consider bringing back the old waterfront trolley?
Turns out, the city is already looking into it.
Seattle has hired a consultant to study the feasibility of bringing back the antique waterfront trolley streetcar line. "It is something we are seriously considering," said Peter Hahn, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
The trolley ran along Alaskan Way on the Elliott Bay waterfront between 1982 to 2005. It was suspended after one of the stations were demolished to make way for Olympic Sculpture Park. Eight of the nine stations still remain and could still travel from International District to Central Waterfront.
What do you think? Will Seattle need another public transportation option?
· Seattle to study bringing back waterfront trolley [King5]
· Seattle Aquarium Expansion Plans Part Of Pike Place Waterfront Connection [Curbed Seattle]
· Pike Place Market Waterfront Connection Moving Closer To Approval [Curbed Seattle]
· Waterfront Construction [Curbed Seattle]
· Surprise, Surprise: Highway 99 Tunnel Dig May Be Delayed [Curbed Seattle]