First Hill Streetcar to resume service Monday morning

KING 5

It has been nearly two and a half weeks since officials yanked Seattle's First Hill streetcar off the streets forcing commuters to find other means of transportation.

On Sunday, some good news for riders as the Seattle Department of Transportation announced service will resume Monday morning at 5 a.m.

The entire fleet was taken out of service on March 1, when one of their cars suddenly lost power and rolled approximately two blocks without being able to stop. Engineers have been working since that incident to determine the cause of the malfunction which they now say is traced to a "load contactor," similar to a circuit breaker.

The load contactor connects the low voltage battery that runs power to the streetcar operations systems which are separate from the propulsion system battery, according to a news release from SDOT.

Commuters will notice some changes while onboard starting Monday. Transit officials have implemented an operating speed of 7 M.PH. and two safety stops on the section of track where the earlier issue occurred and where steep gradients exist. 

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