The city and Sound Transit are moving forward with plans to build the new streetcar line linking First Hill
The city and Sound Transit have executed an agreement that includes an expedited construction timeline. The line is anticipated to open in 2013 instead of the 2016 completion as was earlier planned.
The city will build and operate the new line, which voters approved as part of the 2008 Sound Transit 2 ballot measure.
The First Hill Streetcar will serve major Seattle work centers, including Swedish Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College.
The line will link to the Link light rail system that opened this summer and the Capitol Hill light rail station when University Link opens in 2016. The city plans to begin construction in 2011.