Purchase of the Rainier Valley line, which was the region's first true interurban railway, was prompted by patron dissatisfaction and by labor disputes. Service was mediocre and passengers were treated poorly. The line failed to meet many franchise obligations, such as paving between tracks, but voters rejected finance plans in the 1913 and 1928 elections. The company had a franchise good to the end of 1934: On December 31 of that year the City of Seattle allowed the franchise to expire. Service on the line ended January 1, 1937.