Jordan joined the celebration for Thomas's 50th birthday ride along the Interurban rail trail to the Super Mall and climbed new section over North Hill in Milton several years later. Yesterday he rode the even newer Edgewood segment, a short piece that begins at the Jovita station. The trail begins with inlaid concrete, representing the three tracks, including the hot line that carried electricity to the trains.
The electric traction, or electric streetcar, was first demonstrated in 1887 in Richmond, Virginia. It was on replacing horse-drawn trolleys in Seattle only two years later. By 1902, the Interurban, an intercity streetcar line between Seattle and Tacoma, was completed. It remained in service until 1928. A Seattle-Everett section operated from 1910 until 1939.
The Interurban Trail today follows much of the original rail line. The 14.7 mile flat section from Tukwila to Pacific is the longest, while shorter segments have recently been completed on North Hill in Milton and Edgewood. Only a short piece remains to connect those two, but a challenging canyon and imploded tunnel are slowing progress linking these to the main trail in Pacific. It is possible to bridge these gaps with a little street riding.
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