CHS Pics | First Hill Streetcar celebrated in the International District

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The First Hill Streetcar was celebrated Saturday with lion dancing, firecrackers, and an important announcement for the International District community. The celebration was the first of a series of community parties planned to mark the start of service on the much-delayed line connecting the Pioneer Square, the ID, First Hill, and Capitol Hill.

On the day, Mayor Ed Murray announced the neighborhood’s International Children’s Park will be renamed to honor Donnie Chin, a community leader murdered last summer.

The celebration came after weeks of free promotional service on the 2.5-mile line that is hoped to carry around 3,000 riders a day. A timeline of CHS coverage of the project from inception to launch is below. CHS visited the 10 stations along the route last week. Tuesday, the line begins its first fare service with adults paying $2.25 as the streetcar’s honor system kicks in for the first time. Riders will need to buy tickets or tap their ORCA cards before boarding. Paid service will bring the true test of the line’s utility and whether it can overcome the handicap of sharing the street with vehicular traffic.

Capitol Hill’s First Hill Streetcar party, by the way, will come in May in conjunction with the neighborhood’s monthly art walk. There will also be more free ride days for special events including July’s Capitol Hill Block Party.

CHS First Hill Streetcar Timeline

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