Petitioning Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and 21 others

Bring Back the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line in Seattle

The George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line, named for the city council member who worked for its establishment, ran along Alaskan Way on the Seattle waterfront from 1982 through 2005. The Streetcar was popular with citizens and tourists alike, as it provided the only public transportation along the busy Seattle waterfront.

The Streetcar's maintenance barn was torn down when the Sculpture Park was built, and the cars were placed in storage during what was to have been a short temporary hiatus. A maintenance facility was to have been included in a development in Pioneer Square. That development did not happen, and the future of the waterfront has been uncertain during the debate on replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. There are now big plans for redeveloping the waterfront, but those plans do not include any transit components.

There has never been a publicly-announced decision regarding the future of the Waterfront Streetcar. However, some of its tracks and facilities have been removed, and the cars themselves are reportedly for sale.

The Waterfront Streetcar would be an attractive and practical means of moving citizens and tourists along the waterfront, and would be a tourist attraction in its own right (just as the F-Market streetcar line is in San Francisco's revitalized Embarcadero district).

Letter to
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
King County Councilmember  Larry Gossett
King County Councilmember  Jane Hague
and 19 others
King County Councilmember  Kathy Lambert
King County Councilmember  Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember  Larry Phillips
King County Councilmember  Pete von Reichbauer
Transportation Planner, King County Metro Jack Latteman
General Manager, King County Metro Kevin Desmond
King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Councilmember  Reagan Dunn
Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata
Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
The King County and Seattle City Councils
King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark
King County Councilmember Julia Patterson (King County Councilmember )
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The King County and Seattle City Councils.

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Bring Back the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line in Seattle

The George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line, named for the city council member who worked for its establishment, ran along Alaskan Way on the Seattle waterfront from 1982 through 2005. The Streetcar was popular with citizens and tourists alike, as it provided the only public transportation along the busy Seattle waterfront.

The Streetcar's maintenance barn was torn down when the Sculpture Park was built, and the cars were placed in storage during what was to have been a short temporary hiatus. A maintenance facility was to have been included in a development in Pioneer Square. That development did not happen, and the future of the waterfront has been uncertain during the debate on replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. There are now big plans for redeveloping the waterfront, but those plans do not include any transit components.

There has never been a publicly-announced decision regarding the future of the Waterfront Streetcar. However, some of its tracks and facilities have been removed, and the cars themselves are reportedly for sale.

The Waterfront Streetcar would be an attractive and practical means of moving citizens and tourists along the waterfront, and would be a tourist attraction in its own right (just as the F-Market streetcar line is in San Francisco's revitalized Embarcadero district).

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Sincerely,