U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area
 [Register]
Seattle area Seattle and King County Suburbs
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 03-03-2009, 12:17 PM
 
2 posts, read 3,774 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Stay with me here,
In about 3 months I will be moving up to Seattle (AZ currently), in the process of landing a job downtown and need some insight. I am looking at either living around south lake union(if I live alone) or fremont(if my old college roommate stays at UW for grad school and we grab something together)... obviously if I lived around SLU I could just walk to the tram stop and take that downtown, however lets assume I was in Fremont and still needed to get downtown - I have a vehicle so that isn't a problem, I was just wondering if it might be smarter to maybe park the car somewhere around the tram stop, rather then dealing with driving all the way downtown everyday but it doesn't seem to me as if there is any legit parking around the tram station?

Does anyone outside of walking distance to the station actually use the S.L.U.T. to commute to downtown for work? or it is just a 50 million dollar 1.6 mile carnival ride seattle decided to build?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-03-2009, 01:02 PM
 
1,992 posts, read 6,273,057 times
Reputation: 824
Honestly, if you are going to be driving in from Fremont, it makes sense to just take SR99 all the way into downtown, rather than park and take the S.L.U.T. I say this because 99 is a direct arterial into downtown from Fremont, whereas you would need to drive on surface streets and deal with traffic stops to get to a S.L.U.T. station.

The S.L.U.T. was built to spur development in the burgeoning SLU area, so while not being a "carnival ride", right now it is not serving that many people because the density is not there yet. Basically it's smart urban planning in action, anticipating growth and providing infrastructure to accomodate and foster density. People sneer and deride the streetcar because they are shortsighted and are incapable of seeing the big picture, long term benefits.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 02:34 PM
 
9,638 posts, read 25,450,036 times
Reputation: 5341
There are plenty of buses from Fremont to downtown Seattle.
while in some places there's some kind of stigma about taking the bus, that stigma does not exist in Seattle. Buses from Fremont to downtown are frequent and fast.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 02:49 PM
 
Location: 73rd chamber
191 posts, read 839,652 times
Reputation: 85
The S.L.U.T. was built to spur development in the burgeoning SLU area

yeah,ill always go where the S.L.U.T is!sluts are cool.

what idiot named it S.L.U.T?



husband...honey,im gonna take the S.L.U.T downtown.
wife...ok dear.

husband ..boy oh boy.,it was a half hour wait to ride the S.L.U>T today
wife...honey,you know the **** always gets backed up at rush hour.

yours truly
shecky green

Last edited by garbage time; 03-03-2009 at 02:51 PM.. Reason: S.L.U.T has been edited out
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 03:17 PM
 
1,992 posts, read 6,273,057 times
Reputation: 824
Quote:
Originally Posted by garbage time View Post
The S.L.U.T. was built to spur development in the burgeoning SLU area

yeah,ill always go where the S.L.U.T is!sluts are cool.

what idiot named it S.L.U.T?



husband...honey,im gonna take the S.L.U.T downtown.
wife...ok dear.

husband ..boy oh boy.,it was a half hour wait to ride the S.L.U>T today
wife...honey,you know the **** always gets backed up at rush hour.

yours truly
shecky green
It's not officially called the S.L.U.T.....It was named that originally before the line even existed, and was put forth in marketing materials and press conferences. The city quickly realized their mistake, and changed it to the South Lake Union Streetcar. However, by then it was too late, and the name stuck. I think S.L.U.T. is an awesome, quirky name. Way better than B.A.R.T.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 03:28 PM
 
2 posts, read 3,774 times
Reputation: 10
"Honestly, if you are going to be driving in from Fremont, it makes sense to just take SR99 all the way into downtown, rather than park and take the S.L.U.T."


Thats all I wanted to know.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 03:47 PM
 
9,638 posts, read 25,450,036 times
Reputation: 5341
It's not officially called the S.L.U.T.

It never was officially called the S.L.U.T., but when the city did a little contracting out of promotional stuff, some promotional material referred to it as trolley instead of streetcar. All streetcars are trolleys, but not all trolleys are streetcars. A streetcar has to be on tracks, and be electrically powered via a trolley pole or a pantagraph, where a trolley can have rubber tires , but be electrically powered via a trolley pole.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
204 posts, read 681,879 times
Reputation: 89
When i saw the title of this thread, i naturally assumed it was about a particular ex lady friend of mine. I am still not quite sure if i was relieved, or disappointed when i opened it.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 06:01 PM
 
39 posts, read 118,733 times
Reputation: 22
yeah i ride the S.L.U.T. often
im sorry i couldn't resist
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: rain city
2,958 posts, read 12,024,892 times
Reputation: 4935
Yeah, that's a really unfortunate acronym.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top