South Lake Union Streetcar begins three months of midday shutdown


On the first day of the midday shutdown of Seattle’s South Lake Union Streetcar, Brian Murphy walked to lunch instead of catching a ride.

“It’s frustrating. It limits our areas where we can actually eat lunch,” Murphy said.

He usually takes the streetcar every day, which is something fewer people are doing.

That’s because streetcars are so often stuck in traffic.

“I’ve gotten on at the end of the line and it’s taken almost 15 minutes to get to the next stop. That’s ridiculous,” said Seattle resident Mark Miller.

The work that started Monday is designed to make streetcar and bus service faster and more reliable.

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