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SLUT Now Working Seattle

Posted By Sarah Backhouse On January 3, 2008 @ 5:35 pm In G Living,Green Report / Media | No Comments

With an acronym like SLUT, the city of Seattle must be expecting ridicule. But what’s in a name? And what are YOU doing to save the planet? Probably not more than Seattle’s SLUT.

Besides, the South Lake Union Trolley is no joke. Trolleys, as we know, are a more fuel efficient option than cars and buses, which is good news for the environment.

Developed by Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan, this sexy modern streetcar made its maiden voyage last week. It runs a 1.3 mile route, connecting South Lake Union, the new waterfront park, the Denny Triangle and the Downtown Retail Core/Westlake. Before you balk at the modest route, understand that it hooks up with light rail, regional buses and the monorail at Westlake. The streetcar stops every 2 – 3 blocks and can carry up to 140 passengers at 15 minute intervals. Ridership is projected at 330,000 in the first year, growing to over one million as the area develops.

You’d think a streetcar named SLUT would be undesirable, but it might be working that maxim of “no publicity is bad publicity”. At the Kapow! coffee shop in the old Cascade neighborhood, 100 T-shirts bearing the words “Ride the SLUT” sold out in days.

Hmmm, perhaps the City should adopt that as their official slogan. Kurt Cobain certainly did.


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