Mark Your Calendars: December 3 is First Hill Streetcar Safety Day

From SDOT’s press release:

Join SDOT on Thursday, December 3 from 11 AM to 3 PM to tour stationary streetcars and learn how to stay safe whether you drive, bike or walk near the streetcar. A lot of you have seen the streetcars around town during testing. While we’ve shared safety tips over the last few months, now it’s time to make sure the public understands how to stay safe around the operating streetcars.

Safety Day kicks-off at 11 AM on Thursday with Metro streetcar operators onboard stationary streetcars at the Broadway & Denny, 14th & Washington, and Occidental & Jackson stations. You’re invited to come aboard to check out the new streetcars, ask questions about how they work, and learn streetcar safety tips.

If you can’t make it to Safety Day, here are few things you need to know:

  • Streetcars are quiet. They may sound warning bells and horns when necessary.
  • There are no fences or barriers separating streetcars from other cars, bikes or pedestrians.
  • Drivers, be prepared to stop behind streetcars.
  • Streetcars cannot swerve to avoid obstacles – they run on tracks.
  • Streetcars sometimes have their own traffic signals and can cross the street when other vehicles cannot.
  • Bikers, cross streetcar tracks at a right angle to avoid falling. The track groove is just slightly wider than the typical bike tire.

First Hill Streetcar Operations

First Hill Streetcar will connect the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Little Saigon, Chinatown-International District, and Pioneer Square. The 2.5 mile addition to the Seattle Streetcar system will serve more than 3,000 daily riders with reliable and frequent service, including 10 minute frequencies during peak periods and 12-minute frequencies mid-day. Service will operate from 5 AM to 1 AM Monday through Saturday. On Sundays and holidays, service will operate between 10 AM to 8 PM. Passengers can pay the fare with an ORCA card, or by purchasing a ticket at ticket machines located at every station.

More on the Seattle Streetcar

The City of Seattle is building a modern streetcar system that will provide new mobility options, support economic growth, and strengthen connections in the urban core. Find out more about the Seattle Streetcar at http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/and to receive Streetcar news and updates. SDOT will announce a start date for service once further streetcar testing is completed.

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