Jerry Johnson, foreground, and Don Clifton model the “Ride the S.L.U.T.” t-shirts at the Kapow! coffee shop in the Seattle neighborhood of South Lake Union.
Credit: Andy Rogers/Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This is unrelated to anything in Los Angeles, but MetroRiderLA readers could use a laugh once in a while.
The unofficial name of a neighborhood streetcar has stuck, and it’s a most unfortunate acronym. The Trolley line is the South Lake Union Trolley. Yes, SLUT.
This is one of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s most read and e-mailed stories.
In reality, the official name of the service is the South Lake Union Streetcar. SLUS. But that’s not nearly as funny. The funnier acronym was just an urban legend, but one that’s enduring. One coffeehouse — how Seattle – is even printing up t-shirts saying “Ride the SLUT,” with a picture of a streetcar to give wearers a point of reference.