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Seattle underestimates by millions the cost to run its new streetcar line, Metro says

A streetcar operator waves to another along S. Jackson St. in the International District, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Seattle. SDOT undersold the future costs of operating the new streetcar route, which is under construction. 205610

The discrepancy boils down to staffing. Metro thinks it will need almost twice as many employees to operate the streetcar system — including operators, mechanics and supervisors — as SDOT does.

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