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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).

This petition was delivered to:
  • Seattle City Councilmember
    Sally Bagshaw
  • King County Councilmember
    Larry Gossett
  • King County Councilmember
    Jane Hague
  • 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 )

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