- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle is bringing streetcar service to the First Hill neighborhood.

Seattle Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Sheridan says passengers can try the new trains starting at 11 a.m. Saturday when test runs will start. Rides on the 2.5 mile route will be free all weekend and for an undetermined number of days afterward.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/Rx4eyT ) the $135 million project, funded by a Sound Transit sales tax and car-tab tax, was approved as part of a 2008 regional ballot measure.

It was devised as an alternative to an underground light-rail stop, which the agency judged to be too expensive and risky.

Seattle also has streetcar service in the South Lake Union area.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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