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Joe McDermott: "put these streetcars to good use"


Thank you for sharing your concerns with me.

I certainly understand that the streetcars hold a special place in the hearts of many in Seattle and beyond. I myself have fond memories of trolley rides along the waterfront. Formerly, the streetcar line was operated and funded by the City of Seattle. However, currently these unused streetcars are being housed by King County Metro.

The County has not made any decisions about what will happen to the streetcars. I would love to find a local buyer and keep the streetcars in the here in Seattle. At the same time, continuing to house the idle streetcars takes much needed dollars away from our King County’s transit system. I believe it would be in the best interest of King County residents to consider any offer that might put these streetcars to good use.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this. I would encourage you to contact the City of Seattle to learn of any possible City plans for the antique streetcars.

Please keep in touch,


Joe McDermott
King County Councilmember, District 8