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CENTER CITY CONNECTOR

Environmental Assessment Released

The Seattle Center City Connector Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for public review and comment for a 30-day period, beginning May 9, 2016.

  • You can read the EA and legal notices online at: Seattle Center City Connector Environmental Assessment.
  • You can review a hard copy of the EA at these locations:
    • City of Seattle Central Library
      1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
    • City of Seattle International District/Chinatown Branch Library
      713 Eighth Avenue S, Seattle
    • City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, Public Resource Center
      Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor
  • You can obtain a free CD, a hard copy (for a $25 printing fee) or alternate formats of the EA by contacting: centercitystreetcar@seattle.gov.

Written comments on the EA must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Environmental Assessment Open Houses

SDOT will hold three public meetings to present findings of the EA:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8am to 12pm
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6pm to 9pm
Bush-Asia Center, Plaza Level, Suite P6
409 Maynard Avenue South, Seattle

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 11am to 2pm
South Lake Union Discovery Center
101 Westlake Avenue N, Seattle

Translated Environmental Assessment Notices

You can read this notice in the following languages:

Stay Connected

For additional information about the EA, contact the Seattle Streetcar at: centercitystreetcar@seattle.gov or (206) 615-1070.

Center City Connector Environmental Assessment

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announce the availability of the Center City Connector Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. The EA examines potential effects of the project on the natural and built environments. The EA has been prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4231 et seq.) and is being adopted to support a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) to satisfy the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) (Ch. 43.21 RCW, SMC 25.05.610(B)). FTA is the lead federal agency for NEPA and SDOT is the lead agency for SEPA.

A 30-day public review period will begin on Monday, May 9, 2016. NEPA and SEPA public review will run concurrently. Written comments on the EA must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Any interested person may appeal the DNS by submitting a Notice of Appeal and an $85.00 filing fee to the Office of the Hearing Examiner by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2016: in person at 700 Fifth Ave, Suite 4000, Seattle; via mail at PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729; or via telephone at (206) 684-0521. The appellant should be prepared to make specific factual objections. See SMC 25.05.680 A(2)(a)(ii) for SEPA appeal procedures.

Center City Connector

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 Center City Connector is a segment of Seattle's streetcar system that 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 streetcar system is projected to carry up to 30,000 average weekday riders.

The Center City Connector will serve the City of Seattle's three inter-modal hub areas: Westlake Intermodal Hub, Colman Dock Intermodal Hub, and King Street Intermodal Hub. The Connector will also provide convenient transfers to: the Third Avenue transit corridor at both ends of downtown Seattle; Link Light Rail at multiple downtown transit tunnel stations; Sounder Commuter Rail at King Street Station; and ferry and water taxi docks.

Project Development and Funding

In June 2014, the Seattle City Council approved the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Center City Connector via Resolution 31526. In July 2014, the Federal Transit Administration approved the City of Seattle's request for entry into project development (See FTA Letter). SDOT submitted the City's Small Starts Application for the project in Fall 2015. In February 2016, the FTA announced President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which proposes a $75M grant to fund the Center City Connector. This announcement signaled a major funding milestone for this keystone line of Seattle's streetcar system. SDOT has identified new project team leadership to design and construct the project in close coordination with community stakeholders.


 


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