Transit: The Story of Public Transportation in the Puget Sound Region - by Jim Kershner and the Staff of HistoryLink
Transit: The Story of Public Transportation in the Puget Sound Region
By Jim Kershner and the Staff of HistoryLink
Published by University of Washington Press, Seattle
Ever since the first streetcars rumbled through the streets of Seattle in 1884, public transportation in the Puget Sound region has been a wild roller-coaster ride, replete with scandals, triumphs, and momentous turning points. A complete rail transit system crisscrossed the region during the streetcar days, only to be dismantled by 1941. After seventy years of turmoil and traffic congestion, a new system, Sound Transit, arose in its place - although it barely survived an era known as "The Dark Days." More than simply the story of trolleys, trains, and buses, Transit chronicles the making and breaking of mayors, the rise of the automobile, and the urban growth of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett from the 1880s to today. Along the way you'll learn about local trivia such as: What, exactly, was the "interurban" in the Fremont sculpture Waiting for the Interurban? And, what was the "counterbalance" in Counterbalance Park in Seattle's Quen Anne Hill neighborhood?
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