Seattle Streetcar

Updated: September 18, 2020

  
    

What's Happening

  
  
In partnership with King County Metro, operators of the Seattle Streetcar, we’re committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our communities safe. To ensure safety, face coverings are required on the streetcar, buses, other public transportation, and outdoors when you cannot remain 6 feet apart - as well as in all other public indoor spaces.

•South Lake Union Streetcar resumed operation September 19, and will operate with 15-minute headways: 
  • Monday-Friday: 6 AM - 9 PM 
  • Saturday: 7 AM - 9 PM 
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 7 PM 
First Hill Streetcar will operate with 12-20 minute headways: 
  • Monday-Friday: 5 AM - 10:30 PM 
  • Saturday: 6 AM - 10:30 PM 
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 8PM 

Ready to Ride the Streetcar?

Like Mom always, said — safety first! Learn how to ride safely.

You can pay your fare by using your ORCA Card, the Transit GO app, or buying a paper ticket using cash or card at a pay station. Learn about payment and fares.

Bicycles and service animals are permitted aboard, and the Seattle Streetcar is accessible and easy to board for all users. Learn more about accessibility.

Read the Seattle Streetcar Reports to learn how it serves the Seattle area.

Connecting to Transit

Both the South Lake Union and First Hill lines connect to multiple bus routes and the Link light rail. The South Lake Union Line also is one block from the Seattle Center Monorail, which travels between downtown and Seattle Center. Click on the links below to learn more about each transit option and their fares.

In addition, the Center City Connector will provide better access for ferry travelers arriving at Coleman Dock and will share a platform at Madison St. with the future Madison Bus Rapid transit route.

Current Projects

Seattle Streetcar's Story

Historic black and white photograph of the Seattle streetcar

Seattle's first electric streetcars opened in 1889 and by 1892, the city had 48 miles of electric streetcars and 22 miles of cable railway.  In 1902, the Seattle-Tacoma Interurban Railway opened, which includes stops in Rainier Beach, Renton, and Kent. And by 1910, a Mount Vernon-to-Bellingham line opens. Learn more about Seattle's long streetcar history.

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The new RapidRide J Line is scheduled to begin service in 2024. The RapidRide J Line will provide high-quality service connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods of Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, and Roosevelt. [...]
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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If you are using a mobility device or a stroller, you can choose to press the blue button to deploy the bridge-plate that bridges the small gap between the streetcar and the platform. More information on accessibility and bikes.

The streetcar does not automatically stop at every station. Press the yellow stop request strip to request your stop. You'll know when your stop is coming up because the next stop is announced by audio and shown on a digital message display inside the streetcar.

The adult single-ride fare is $2.25, and you can pay with a paper ticket or with an ORCA Card. Learn more.

Streetcars run every 10-15 minutes. You can check arrival times at the station or online using NextBus. More information on streetcar schedules can be found on the page for each line.

View the live tracker map and list of stops on each line's page to find a station near you and near your destination.