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(My Northwest)   Seattle once had San Francisco-style cable cars to help commuters and beachgoers scale city's steep hills. "In this time of pandemic, the cable car would actually be a relatively safe form of transportation because it's not terribly enclosed"   (mynorthwest.com) divider line
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2020-08-07 8:41:17 PM  
I remember track running under the Alaska Way viaduct, but since they tore that down, the tracks are gone too..
 
2020-08-07 9:17:18 PM  
Would've been nice to have had the cable car when I lived on top of queene Anne. Damn number 2 was always late. I walked up that damn hill quite a bit.

/it's a nice walk actually if you go up the side of the hill and use the stairs that lead to Kerry Park
 
2020-08-07 9:34:06 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Would've been nice to have had the cable car when I lived on top of queene Anne. Damn number 2 was always late. I walked up that damn hill quite a bit.

/it's a nice walk actually if you go up the side of the hill and use the stairs that lead to Kerry Park


I lived at the top of Dravus in Magnolia.  It was great when it snowed, we would take our boards out and ride it all the way down.

I remember seeing the Burke Gilman and thought it was a terrible waste as a trail and not a trolly line.
 
2020-08-07 9:40:55 PM  

89 Stick-Up Kid: Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Would've been nice to have had the cable car when I lived on top of queene Anne. Damn number 2 was always late. I walked up that damn hill quite a bit.

/it's a nice walk actually if you go up the side of the hill and use the stairs that lead to Kerry Park

I lived at the top of Dravus in Magnolia.  It was great when it snowed, we would take our boards out and ride it all the way down.

I remember seeing the Burke Gilman and thought it was a terrible waste as a trail and not a trolly line.


Heheh, the queen anne ave hill was awesome, too. Dude's with snowmobiles would come and tow groups of people back up
 
2020-08-07 9:42:45 PM  
Also went down it on a couch, fun stuff*
 
2020-08-07 9:54:15 PM  
As I recall, Seattle was the last city to remove its cable cars.

Baltimore, Washington DC, New York and a lot of other cities had them.
 
2020-08-07 9:55:38 PM  
Yeah Einstein, cable cars are like buses, planes and trains.
 
2020-08-07 10:13:21 PM  
Why not just build a bunch of ski lifts? People can connect to a cable using personal wheeled vehicle: Heelys, skateboard, bike, scooter.
 
2020-08-07 10:42:51 PM  
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2020-08-07 10:43:04 PM  
Seattle also used to have a giant mud slide for logs. Let's go back to that.
 
2020-08-07 11:05:38 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Why not just build a bunch of ski lifts? People can connect to a cable using personal wheeled vehicle: Heelys, skateboard, bike, scooter.


Yeah and your first ten rides come with a towel and a free tube of neosporin.
 
2020-08-08 12:40:56 AM  
San Francisco's cable cars have been closed since the lockdown began-- despite their open sides they are not large and tend toward overcrowding under normal circumstances and the driver is near the center of the car unprotected from the passengers. Sufficient social distancing was determined to be impossible.

They're more of a theme park ride than useful public transportation in the modern era anyway.
 
2020-08-08 1:46:11 AM  

gunther_bumpass: Harry_Seldon: Why not just build a bunch of ski lifts? People can connect to a cable using personal wheeled vehicle: Heelys, skateboard, bike, scooter.

Yeah and your first ten rides come with a towel and a free tube of neosporin.


Just have a Bactine sprayer at the end of the ride. Not that no pain pussy stuff, the full strength stuff to teach them a lesson for falling.
 
2020-08-08 1:48:19 AM  

zimbach: San Francisco's cable cars have been closed since the lockdown began-- despite their open sides they are not large and tend toward overcrowding under normal circumstances and the driver is near the center of the car unprotected from the passengers. Sufficient social distancing was determined to be impossible.

They're more of a theme park ride than useful public transportation in the modern era anyway.


That, and they have to replace the cable about every 6 weeks.

Just a tourist attraction, and probably a financial loss to operate. But as long as tourists come and drop enough money elsewhere, they'll keep the cable cars running.
 
2020-08-08 3:35:16 AM  
 
2020-08-09 7:49:07 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: As I recall, Seattle was the last city to remove its cable cars.

Baltimore, Washington DC, New York and a lot of other cities had them.


So did a few other American cities back in the early 20th century. Thank the American auto (specifically GM) and rubber (mostly Goodyear) industries for destroying them in favor of the wonderful buses that replaced them (coincidentally built by GM and shod in Goodyear tires).
 
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