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Financing Options for an Expanded Seattle Streetcar System and Network

This two-part study for the Seattle Urban League and the Seattle Streetcar Alliance sought to guide decisions regarding the financing of a network of streetcar lines in and near Downtown Seattle. The first part of the study addressed the potential revenue and funding sources for the operations, maintenance, and capital costs of developing streetcar lines. It drew from experiences around the country and abroad, particularly from the Portland, Oregon, and South Lake Union streetcar systems. The second part explored the social and economic characteristics of neighborhoods and districts that would affect the existing and planned network of streetcar lines and that might affect future extensions to this existing network.  During the many interviews conducted over the course of the work, we encountered strong interest in and support for expanding Seattle’s streetcar network among a wide range of Seattle employers and public agency staff. As in other cities, a streetcar system seems to have broad public appeal in Seattle.