CAF Urbos are a popular model in many cities, like this shot from Zaragoza.

In 2012, Zaragoza, Spain resurrected trams in the city using the CAF Urbos 3 series. If the pause on City Center Connector is ever lifted, Seattle would purchase 10 similar Urbos 3 vehicles, several of which would replace aging Inekon trams on the South Lake Union Streetcar line.

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Bob johnson

I have worked on the Streetcars. They are engineered to have a 50 year life cycle.
The trucks (underside motor and wheel assembly) should be able to go at least 20 years before overhaul. Longer with our low speed and short distances.
That was the point of having the Streetcar instead of a rubber tired vehicle.


Yes, I got a chuckle from the author’s use of “aging” to describe current SLU streetcars. They are barely even broken in.

And these trams shown are much too long for Seattle streetcar platforms.