Seattle Streetcar – Center City Connector, Please Join Open House Discussions

SDOT is hosting two open houses to inform and engage the public on plans for the Seattle Streetcar – Center City Connector. The Center City Connector will complete the Seattle Streetcar system, linking over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods.

Please join the discussion the proposed design and constructing phasing options for the Center City Connector at two downtown open houses:

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Tuesday, September 29th

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall

600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

Wednesday, September 30th

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall

600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

The City of Seattle is building a modern streetcar system that will provide new urban mobility options, support economic growth and strengthen connections among the places where people live, work and socialize. The Seattle City Council approved the alignment for the Center City Connector segment in 2014.  The project alignment features transit-only lanes and center stop platforms along First Avenue, between Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, as well as a connection to the existing tracks on Westlake Avenue via Stewart Street and Olive Way.

The Center City Connector will link the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines, creating a system that will connect over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods in Seattle’s Center City. By linking existing streetcar investments, the Connector will provide a streetcar system that is highly legible, easy-to-use for a variety of trip purposes, and that serves major visitor destinations, employment centers, and areas where the city is experiencing significant growth. The system is projected to over 20,000 average weekday riders.

The environmental process and final design will continue into 2016. Construction could begin as early as the fourth quarter of 2016, pending the results of the City’s efforts to secure funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts program.

The Seattle Streetcar system is an important part of Seattle’s transportation system and will help to improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion in the city. Find out more about the Seattle Streetcar at http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/ and sign up to receive Streetcar news and updates.