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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Streetcar Introduces New Ticket Machines

2/4/2008  5:45:00 AM

Seattle Streetcar Introduces a New Way to Ride
Demonstration Program Uses Ticket Machines Adapted from City’s Parking Pay Stations

SEATTLE - To make it easier and more convenient for Seattle Streetcar riders to purchase tickets, the city of Seattle has installed automated streetcar ticket vending machines (TVMs) at four high-traffic stations. While previously riders could only buy tickets aboard streetcars, now they can acquire them from sidewalk machines at four demonstration locations prior to boarding. The vending machines have been adapted from the city’s highly regarded parking pay stations.

The sidewalk-based ticket machines offer a familiar user interface for Seattle residents and visitors thanks to their adaptation from parking pay stations already in use citywide. They are more versatile as they allow new payment options by accepting credit/debit cards or coins, and have instructions in both English and Spanish. On-board ticket vending will also still be available to riders.

These new TVMs are located at the following streetcar stations:
• The Westlake Transportation Hub at Westlake & Olive (Pacific Place Station)
• Westlake & Denny (Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle Station)
• Westlake & Ninth (2201 Westlake Station)
• Lake Union Park (University of Washington/UW Medicine Station)

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will evaluate usage patterns and customer feedback for the four streetcar demonstration TVMs to determine if future pay stations should be installed along the South Lake Union Line.

Since its introduction on December 12, 2007, the Seattle Streetcar has become an integral part of the Center City transportation system. Every weekday more than one thousand riders board the streetcar to connect to the Downtown Retail Core, Denny Triangle and South Lake Union areas. The Seattle Streetcar has exceeded ridership expectations in its first two months of passenger service, with more than 110,000 riders to date.

About the South Lake Union Line of the Seattle Streetcar
The South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar is a 2.6-mile (round-trip) passenger rail line connecting South Lake Union to the Westlake Hub. The line is served by three new, modern streetcars that make 11 stops along the route. Operated by King County’s METRO Transit Division, the Streetcar is part of Seattle’s transportation network. Fares are $1.50 for adults, 50 cents for senior citizens (ages 65 and over), 50 cents for youth (ages 6-17), and free for children ages 5 and under. METRO transit passes, Pugetpass or bus transfers are honored. Trip planning assistance and streetcar schedules are available at The Seattle Streetcar’s Web site also features the Nextbus system, a Global Positioning System (GPS) based technology that alerts passengers to streetcar arrival times at the 11 stops, making it easy to schedule and plan a trip.

Want to show your support for the Seattle Streetcar? You can now go online to and purchase the official Seattle Streetcar T-shirt.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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