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Can Seattle’s streetcar project be canceled if an independent review finds flaws?

A streetcar sits idle while its operator is on break at the S. Jackson St. terminus, with utility construction in progress for the new streetcar route in the background, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. SDOT undersold the future costs of operating the new streetcar route, which is under construction.

Millions of dollars have already been spent and Seattle has accepted $50 million in federal funding, money that would almost certainly have to be returned.

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