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All Aboard…the First Hill Streetcar

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The first expansion of the Seattle Streetcar network begins with a series of community open house events targeted at possible route options for the fully funded First Hill Streetcar line. The new line will create an unprecedented connection between several diverse Seattle neighborhoods including the International District and Pioneer Square, Yesler Terrace, First Hill and Capitol Hill.

In November 2008 voters approved the Sound Transit 2 package (ST2), which fully funds the First Hill Streetcar for construction and operation. Through an interlocal agreement with Sound Transit, the City of Seattle will build this new streetcar line with the voter-approved funding from the ST2 mass transit expansion measure. The project is slated to break ground in 2011 and is expected to open by 2013.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding three community open houses to educate neighborhood businesses and residents about alignment options under consideration for the new line, which is anticipated to be selected by the Seattle City Council in spring 2010. At the open house, community members will have the opportunity to learn from city representatives about the proposed routes, provide feedback on which alignment best serves their community’s needs and sign-up to receive project updates.

These community meetings are the first step in an ongoing dialogue that will take place over the next several months. Community members may request an interpreter be present at any of these meetings, by contacting Kate Miller at 206.838.9224 or at least five working days prior to the event date.

Tuesday, December 15   6:00 PM-8:00PM

Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway)


Wednesday, December 16   6:00 PM-8:00PM

Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way)


Thursday, December 17   6:00 PM-8:00PM

Union Station (401 S. Jackson Street)

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