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October 29 Open House on the Center City Connector Transit Study

Join Mayor McGinn and SDOT staff Tuesday, October 29, 5 – 7 pm at Pike Place Market
(85 Pike Street, Elliott Bay Room on the 3rd floor of the Economy Building –location details)
The Mayor and project team will make brief remarks between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

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Seattle is growing, and so is our appetite for transit. The city’s Transit Master Plan identified the Center City Connector as one of the 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 South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars together, through downtown.

Based on public feedback via two earlier open houses, we have taken several options through an evaluation process and have honed  in on a streetcar on 1st Avenue that would link the Westlake and King Street Station hubs. The October 29 Open House will present information on how a streetcar on 1st Avenue would perform in mixed-traffic versus its own lane (exclusive) and how it might impact traffic, parking , and economic development.

Allison_Streetcar_1st Ave Madison - Spring cross section RESIZEPlease join us October 29 to learn more, ask questions, and share your feedback on which option you prefer. The project team will consider your ideas as we develop a final recommendation to present to the Mayor and City Council. 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 Tuesday 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.