Welcome to the Seattle Streetcar website: your link to information about the modern streetcar systems in South Lake Union and First Hill and plans for future expansion.
Community Celebration of New First Hill Streetcar, Lunar New Year as Promotional Service Draws to a Close
SDOT is partnering with Chinatown-International District community organizations to present a celebration of the new First Hill Streetcar service on Saturday, February 13, 9:30-11AM at 8th Avenue S and S King Street. Join us for a photo opportunity with the striking Chinatown-Japantown-Little Saigon streetcar and a Lion Dance at 10:30 AM, then stay on for the Lunar New Year Festival at Hing Hay Park.
The ride-free promotional service period continues through February 15 (President’s Day). Beginning February 16, use your ORCA card or buy a ticket at any streetcar station to pay your fare. But more free rides are coming this spring and summer as we partner with community organizations to provide easy access to festivals—Pioneer Square First Thursday, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Dragon Fest, Pioneer Square Fire Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, and more!
The First Hill Streetcar connects riders to the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Little Saigon, Chinatown, Japantown, and Pioneer Square. SDOT and its partners, Sound Transit and King County Metro, are excited to provide riders with an easy link to other modes of travel, including Metro buses, Link light rail, Pronto bike sharing, Washington State Ferries, Sounder, and Amtrak.
Construction of Transit Improvements Will Bring South Lake Union Streetcar Service Reductions through March 2016
Beginning Monday, January 4, and until about the end of March, 2016, the South Lake Union Streetcar will have significantly limited operation due to construction of South Lake Union Transit Improvements along Westlake Ave and Westlake Ave N.
During this time, the South Lake Union Streetcar will not operate on Monday-Thursday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, on Fridays after 9:00 AM, or at all on Saturdays and Sundays. At all other times on weekdays, the South Lake Union Streetcar will operate normal service.
When the South Lake Union Streetcar is not operating, transit riders can use existing Metro bus service between downtown Seattle and South Lake Union. Route 40 serves Westlake Ave and Westlake Ave N, and Route 70 serves Fairview Ave N. Both routes operate approximately every 15 minutes, weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Visit Metro's Online Regional Trip Planner for more information about how to get to and from South Lake Union. In order to get a trip plan for buses, un-check the Streetcar/Monorail box under Advanced Options.