Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division

King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

Waterfront Streetcar Line

Metro Route 99

Route 99 is a free bus route that connects the downtown Seattle waterfront with the International District, Pioneer Square, the downtown retail area, Pike Place Market and Belltown.

It was formerly called the Route 99 Waterfront Streetcar Line, and used buses that were "wrapped" to resemble the George Benson Waterfront Streetcars that previously operated along the waterfront.

Changes were made to Route 99 in February 2011 as part of the effort to keep people moving during the six-to-eight-year construction period for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project.

Northbound service on Route 99 shifted from Alaskan Way to First Avenue. Southbound service continues to operate on Alaskan Way from Broad Street to Yesler Way.

The new routing provides improved connections between the waterfront and First Avenue, and offers a handy circulation option for people traveling north on First Avenue.

About the Waterfront Streetcar Line

Waterfront Streetcar

Metro's green and yellow waterfront streetcars used to run on a track along Alaskan Way and part of S. Main Street. The streetcars were powered by electricity. They were built in Australia for the Melborne and Metropolitan Tramways Board between 1925 and 1930. The cars are double end, double truck, and designed for two-person operation.

  • Manufacturer: Melborne shops or James Moore
  • Fleet Numbers: 272, 482, 512, 518, 605
  • Seats: 43 passengers
  • Length: 48 feet
inside the Waterfront Streetcar

Two of the 1928 Australian streetcars began service along Elliott Bay between Pier 70 and Main Street in 1982. Three more streetcars joined the fleet between 1990 and 1993 when Metro extended the line to the International District. The streetcars featured Tasmanian mahogany and white ash woodwork, capturing the elegance of travel in a bygone era.

The waterfront streetcar line is named after George Benson, former City of Seattle and Metro Council member. Known as the "father of the Waterfront Streetcar," Benson was the driving force behind development of the historic streetcar line.

In commemoration of Benson's leadership and vision, the streetcar line was officially named the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line on June 1, 2002.

The Streetcar Stations

Since the George Benson Line Waterfront Streetcar vintage trolley service has been suspended, these stations are currently not in use.

Metro is providing replacement service with free service on the Route 99. Bus routing and stop locations do not exactly duplicate the Streetcar, however Route 99 serves the same neighborhoods - the Waterfront, Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District.

Jackson Street Station

Jackson Street Station

Chinatown/International District

  • Wing Luke Asian Museum
  • Uwajimaya Asian Superstore
  • Safeco Field
  • Qwest Stadium
Occidental Park Station

Occidental Park Station

Pioneer Square

  • Underground Tour
  • Klondike Gold Rush Museum
  • Kingdome Sports Arena
  • Shops, pubs, and restaurants
Washington Street Station

Washington Street Station

Pioneer Square

  • Antiques
  • Princess Marguerite to Victoria
Madison Street Station

Madison Street Station

Waterfront Piers 48-55

  • Washington State Ferry Terminal (Bremerton & Bainbridge Island)
  • Seattle's colorful fireboats
  • Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, est. 1899
  • Pier 54 Water Adventures
University Street Station

University Street Station

Waterfront Piers 56-57

  • Bay Pavillion restaurants and shops
  • Argosy Cruises
  • Tillicum Village Tours
  • Harbor Steps to downtown Seattle
Pike Street Station

Pike Street Station

Waterfront Pier 59

  • Hillclimb Steps to Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle
  • Waterfront Park
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Omnidome
Bell Street Station

Bell Street Station

Waterfront Pier 66

  • Pedestrian overpass
  • Bell Street Pier, Public Marina and Conference Center
  • Restaurants
  • Belltown
Vine Street Station

Vine Street Station

Waterfront Piers 67-69

  • Port of Seattle offices
  • Edgewater Inn
  • Victoria Clipper
Broad Street Station

Broad Street Station

Waterfront Pier 70

  • Myrtle Edwards Park
  • Seattle Center (5 blocks)
  • Pier 70 restaurants and shops
  • Spirit of Puget Sound Harbor Cruises
Updated: October 2, 2012