Costs for South Lake Union streetcar get heftier

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The South Lake Union streetcar — a cute little trolley that slowly wanders a short, traffic-choked route from a stop near Westlake Center to a terminus on Eastlake — exceeded its 2017 budget by more than half-a-million dollars, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

SDOT called this a “one-time correction,” but it will not help sell the idea of future expansion of the streetcar route, especially to Mayor Jenny Durkan who put the brakes on the First Avenue streetcar project in reaction to a Times report that SDOT might have underestimated operating costs of the new system by as much as 50 percent.

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