Definitive motor ways of the past pave way for the future.
As a city that’s had plenty of recent transportation quirks–Bertha delays and getting stuck, for one–Seattle public transportation has plans to trudge forward in a big way. Last March, Car2Go announced it will up its Seattle fleet by 50 percent, and on Monday Mayor Ed Murray rolled out a new initiative that is slated to drastically change public transportation throughout Seattle by 2025.
Called “Move Seattle,” the plan includes a list of short-term and long-term projects that are intended to make transportation safer and more efficient. Under a combined budget of $835 million, the project would, in the next 10 years, connect the streetcar service through downtown Seattle (the First Hill streetcar line is set to begin service to Pioneer Square this year), and by 2025 connect almost all areas of Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods via light rail, including: University of Washington, Capitol Hill, University District, Roosevelt, Northgate, Lynwood, Shoreline, Bellevue, Redmond, Ballard, and West Seattle.
In honor of Seattle gaining transit-related momentum, we’re taking a look at some of the main roadways and transportation milestones throughout Seattle’s past.
Old Ballard Bridge, 1924:
Third and Pike, 1936:
Alaskan Way Viaduct under construction, 1950:
Fremont Bridge opening day, July 15, 1917:
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This feature originally appeared in Seattle Mag.