The South Lake Union streetcar by 2020 is expected to connect with the First Avenue line downtown and the Chinatown-International District before looping around to reach First Hill and Capitol Hill. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)
The South Lake Union streetcar is expected to connect with the First Avenue line downtown and the Chinatown-International District by 2020. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle to spend $177M on new streetcar line amid questions about ‘unrealistic’ revenue, rider projections

Seattle is slated to break ground soon on a streetcar line running along First Avenue. Officials say it will provide a crucial link through downtown, but streetcar lines aren’t meeting projections, and critics say the city’s assumptions aren’t realistic. Updated

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