Seattle a step closer to approving downtown trolley line

SEATTLE -- Seattle is one step closer to approving a new downtown trolley line with stops at Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market.

The trolley, if approved, would connect the South Lake Union trolley to another trolley that runs from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill.

However, it would also mean the loss of 140 parking spaces along the proposed route, leaving 26 behind.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to hold-off on approving a study on construction of the trolley, but their staffs recommend they move forward.

The proposed trolley line would cost close to $110 million with federal funds covering about $75 million.