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Seattle's First Hill Streetcar Returns After 20 Days Away

Tests are underway for the First Hill Streetcar near Broadway and Denny on Thursday Oct. 15 Tests are underway for the First Hill Streetcar near Broadway and Denny on Thursday Oct. 15
Ramiro Mantilla | 21 Marcha, 2017, 00:56

The First Hill streetcar will resume service Monday morning, after a almost three-week hiatus during which the entire fleet of streetcars was modified, tested and reviewed, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) said.

All streetcars from the FHS line and one vehicle from the South Lake Union (SLU) Streetcar line were taken out of service after one of the FHS cars, 405 (Gold), had an electromechanical malfunction that caused it to lose power on Wednesday, March 1.

The entire fleet was taken out of service on March 1st when one of their cars suddenly lost power and rolled approximately two blocks without being able to stop.

The streetcar will be in full operation beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, SDOT announced in a news release Sunday evening. The steel wheels locked as the train was going 20 miles per hour.

In addition to the modification, streetcars will travel at 7 miles per hour along the section of track where the March 1 malfunction occurred and along other steep grades.

The line had been put on hold "out of an abundance of caution" after a March 1 incident where an electrical malfunction caused four separate braking systems to fail.

SDOT reports the entire fleet had modifications installed, tested and individually documented.

"The malfunction was traced to a "Load Contactor" (similar to a circuit breaker) that tripped into open position". "The modifications and operating orders have been reviewed and approved by the required safety officials".

Michael James, the city's rail and transit corridor manager, told the Sustainability and Transportation Committee earlier this month that the city would need approval from the State Safety Oversight Committee prior to returning to service.