After the South Lake Union streetcar line opened to the public in 2007, the street cars have been running with few people on board, with more empty cars than not. Last year the City of Seattle approved a car tab fee that would designate money for more street car routes, which would hopefully generate more passengers and this year, according to the Seattle Times, the first line has attracted around 2,750 passengers per week. Another line is currently being constructed in First Hill, and the reality of having numerous street car routes throughout the city and suburbs is slowly becoming a reality.
In the next three years, the city of Seattle could be spending as much as $10 Million on studying and designing routes, if Mayor McGinn follows suit with budget proposals approved last Friday. Four routes will be in the works including Ballard, Eastlake, Downtown and North Broadway, all neighborhoods that had running lines before the system was abandoned in 1941. For more information and updates on the streetcar system, visit the City of Seattle.