Connecting downtown neighborhoods and everything in between –

June 6 Open House on the Center City Connector Transit Study

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Join us Thursday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (101 Westlake Ave North, at the corner of Westlake and Denny)

Seattle is growing, and so is our appetite for transit. The city’s Transit Master Plan identified the Center City Connector as one of many projects to meet future demand and connect people to key downtown destinations. It is one key piece of a long-term vision to build a high-quality transit network that connects our city’s great neighborhoods. 

With a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, SDOT is moving the Connector project forward. The study is looking at ways to improve north-south mobility and link the streetcar pic for inviteRESIZE 2South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars together, through downtown. Specifically, we’re trying to figure out how to best make the connection from Westlake to Jackson Street.

Based on early public feedback, we have taken several options through the early stages of an evaluation process and are honing in on a streetcar on either 1st Avenue or a 4th/5th Avenue couplet (the streetcar would run north on 4th and south on 5th, because they are one-way streets). The June 6 Open House will present information on what a streetcar could look like on these streets and how it might impact traffic, mobility, and other measures.

Please join us June 6 to learn more and share your feedback on which option you prefer. Your ideas will inform the next (and final) phase of evaluation. The study will ultimately identify a preferred option with an implementation and finance plan, to be adopted by City Council in early 2014. This will put us on a path to secure funding and get a project built.

Hope to see you Thursday night!

For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/centercityconnector.htm or contact Allison Schwartz at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or (206) 386-4654.