It seems streetcars are all the rage these days. According to the Everett Herald, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson has reversed his previous position on the Everett streetcar, and has sent a proposal for a $30,000 study of a streetcar line in Everett, on top of a previous $115,000 study already approved.

Ironically, leaving an Everett streetcar line off the Sound Transit ballot may help a Sound Transit ballot measure in Snohomish, since voters outside of Everett may not want to pay for a streetcar there. Either way, it’s great to see Everett taking even small steps toward better transit.

11 Replies to “Everett Streetcar”

  1. It seems like streetcars should be funded locally anyway. Given that North King is pretty much Seattle, the First Hill Connector avoids this issue — and it does make sense for ST to fund streetcars that connect neighborhoods to its rail grid (like the First Hill Connector, obviously).

  2. Wait a minute: I’m in North King (Shoreline), and it doesn’t feel like Seattle because we’re not connected to anything that ST has done yet, nor do we get any attention from Metro. I’ll vote for ST2 no matter what’s on it, but paying for a First Hill Connector is honestly not high on my priority list (although I suppose I would rather pay for a streetcar to First Hill than one to downtown Everett). However, if connecting neighborhoods to the ST rail grid is a standard for building streetcars, then the Everett plan would also satisfy these conditions since it would connect to Sounder North at Everett Station.

  3. Shoreline gets screwed by metro. They are in the “seattle” jurisdiction for 20/40/40, but there are so few buses on the ground there.

  4. Daimajin, I can’t tell you how it warms my heart to hear you say that! But don’t forget, we get screwed by Sound Transit too – the 510 and 511 only stop in the reverse commute direction at the 145th freeway stop, where there are 0 connections to Metro local service.

  5. what is the deal with this Shoreline issue? I took the bus to get to the Crest theater (is that in Shoreline or just outside it?) and ended up hoofin’ it over a mile to get to the theater. That why the prices there are so cheap? No one can get to it…

    As for First Hill Streetcar, it has been mentioned before, but I will mention it again. That is a gimme for First Hill since the light rail isn’t stopping there anymore. You are stuck paying for that one, whenever it actually gets implemented.

  6. Maybe Seattle could see Everett their Waterfront Streetcars (or at least loan them to Everett)

    it’s not like they’ll be doing anything soon in Seattle

  7. Good point regarding commuter rail, sahctu. I guess that was ST’s justification in the first place. My mistake.

    I don’t think a streetcar connecting to a very infrequent commuter rail service is necessarily the best regional investment, but a streetcar would be a great local investment.

    Though the First Hill connector is sort of a political thing, it also holds up to the smell test since First Hill is a massive employer. Also, connecting Capitol Hill to the International District via streetcar ends up extending the reach of (you guessed it!) the Capitol Hill and International District light rail stops pretty significantly. (It solves the “last mile” as well as the less frequently discussed “first mile” parts of the transit equation.)

    And regarding Shoreline’s weird transit limbo. Well, if ST goes north to Lynnwood like the previous post talks about then you should get a Shoreline stop within 15 years. Shortline is pretty hard to serve via transit because of the land use patterns, but of course there’s always more that can be done. RapidRide is coming within a few years though!

  8. You guys, I can’t tell you how nice it is to write somewhere with intelligent, constructive commenters.

    RapidRide could help Shoreline a bit (if they even do anything). The city’s 145-165th project made the Shoreline part of the route great already.

    What about a Shoreline Sounder stop? I don’t know if there are speed increases planned in that corridor to make up for it, but it’s something that could be done quickly (at the beginning of ST3, or sometime in the meantime).

  9. The Shoreline Link stop (at 185th) would be a huge help for us. Go ST2! Even Link to Northgate would be a help, since almost every route through Shoreline terminates there, so better connections (esp. to the eastside) will be a great benefit. I don’t think a Sounder stop would do much because it’s not easy to get down to Richmond Beach from the highlands, so I don’t think too many people would be able to access it (or it would just make 185th really crowded). There’s potential in RapidRide, depending on how much they streamline the trip from downtown – it’s just a long, long slog up to the Shoreline P&R when the 301 isn’t running, and northern Aurora isn’t a great area to be walking around alone at night as a single female. I am excited about the possibilities for change, but I’m also scared that none of them will ever go through.

  10. Next you go to the Crest, try taking Route 347. It also stops near NE 145th St/I-5.

    It is a shame there is nothing from the west that connects all day with ST at 145th St. I think an extension of Route 28 to Lake City would be a nice addition for the short term. During the peak hour, Routes 303, 304, 308, and 373 will connect with services to Snohomish County.

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