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Milestones 1940s


  • Lake Washington Floating Bridge opens across Mercer Island.
  • James, Madison, and Yesler cable car lines abandoned; last to operate is Yesler on August 10. This leaves San Francisco as only city in U.S. with cable cars.

Photo of the last day of the Yesler cable car run, Aug. 9, 1940
The last day of the Yesler cable car run, Aug. 9, 1940.
Photo courtesy Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).


  • Last Seattle streetcar completes its final run to Fremont on April 13.

Photo of Seattle's new trackless trolleys offering riders curbside service
Trackless trolleys loading on Union Street at 4th Avenue.
Colorized postcard courtesy of the Joshua C. Shields Collection


  • Seattle Transit ridership peaks at 130 million passengers.


  • Lake Shore Lines acquires the Black Diamond Stage Company, which gives them routes from the Green River Gorge to Seattle in addition to current routes serving Bothell and Renton.


  • Antitrust regulators force Puget Power to sell off remaining bus companies.

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Updated: Dec. 11, 2002