Compiled by Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY 10. Streetcar On Feb. 13, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders celebrated the First Hill Streetcar’s start-of-service with a party full of lion dancing, firecrackers, and red envelopes. The streetcar line, which runs along Jackson street through the International District (ID), connects the ID to Pioneer Square and […]
First Hill Streetcar begins service amid firecrackers and lions
On Feb. 13, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and community leaders Ron Chew (International Community Health Services Foundation), Gloria Lung Wakayama (The Wing), David Leong (Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce), and Beth Takekawa (The Wing) celebrated the First Hill Streetcar’s start-of-service with a party full of lion dancing, firecrackers, and red envelopes. The party was […]
First Hill Streetcar begins service with soft opening and free rides on Jan. 23
Travelers on the First Hill Streetcar were able to ride for free on Saturday, Jan. 23, during a promotional service period. Conceived as a link between Seattle’s Link Light Rail at its Capitol Hill station and King Street Station adjacent to the International District, the First Hill Streetcar has undergone testing over the last several […]
EDITORIAL: Where’s our ride?
We’ve been writing about the streetcar for several years now. Amid concept, development, controversy, the distraction of construction, it has been fodder for community news. But once decided and construction was underway, the construct has been endured and anticipated. And it STILL is anticipated. And we are still waiting. But how long exactly are we […]
Eighth Avenue South to become one-way for one block
The Seattle Department of Transportation will be converting the one block segment of Eighth Avenue South between South Lane and South Dearborn streets from its current two-way configuration to one-way southbound over the weekend of Nov. 8-9 (weather permitting). The traffic revision is necessary to accommodate the streetcar track on Eighth Avenue South that runs […]
Street car construction causes partial road closures
The Seattle Department of Transportation is constructing streetcar tracks on South Jackson Street in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District for the First Hill Streetcar project. Crews partially will close one intersections a week on South Jackson Street between the Second Avenue Extension and Fifth Avenue South through mid-November. South Jackson Street will remain open […]
Streetcar construction causes headaches in the ID
By Charles Lam Northwest Asian Weekly According to the city, the First Hill Streetcar was supposed to help the International District grow, but so far local businesses say the only thing it’s grown is the list of transportation-related issues that have slowed the neighborhood’s already sluggish economic recovery.
First Hill Streetcar construction underway
Construction of the First Hill Streetcar is well underway in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon. The new streetcar will be operational by the spring of 2014 and will enable travel between Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, Yesler Terrace, First Hill, and Capitol Hill. The new line will connect with First Hill medical centers, Seattle […]
Mayor McGinn opens new King Street Station Jackson Plaza to the public
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn opened the new King Street Station’s Jackson Plaza to the public on June 24, helping to connect transit to neighborhoods with an environmentally sustainable plaza.
Commentary: First Hill Streetcar to threaten access to International District Village Square
By Teresita Batayola, Maiko Winkler-Chin, and Janice Deguchi For Northwest Asian Weekly Approaching International District/Chinatown from the southeast, you are quickly in the midst of vibrant activity centered on 8th Avenue South, with South Dearborn and South Lane Streets as its borders.