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As if Seattle didn't have enough transit options, the city voted in 2005 to add a cute-as-a-button (if a bit superfluous) trolley to run a mere 11-stop, 2.6-mile route between South Lake Union and Downtown. Coined the "South Lake Union Trolley" by charmingly naive planners who didn't notice the less-than-appealing acronym, it was quickly changed to the South Lake Union Streetcar, but not before Seattleites started sporting "Ride the S.L.U.T." T-shirts. If you'd like to ride what's now call the Streetcar, simply wait at any of the designated stops and pay the $2.50 (seniors, disabled 75¢; youth $1.25; children under 5 ride free) fare in cash on the trolley after the driver lets you on. If you'd prefer to pay with a credit card, pre-purchase your ticket at one of the SLUS ticket kiosks—Orca cards and Metro bus passes and transfers may be used as well—and a $5 day pass is available. The SLUS runs at 15-minute intervals throughout the day from 6 am to 9 pm, Monday through Thursday, from 6 am to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 to 7 on Sundays and holidays. A First Hill Streetcar is slated to start running between Capitol Hill, First Hill, and the International District in 2014 and will connect riders to Link Light Rail.
Seattle Streetcar (866/205-5001 or 206/553-3000. www.seattlestreetcar.org.)
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