March 23, 2017
Please see our project folio (Winter 2017) for updates on the Center City Connector.
What's happening now?
On March 16, the Seattle Design Commission unanimously approved the schematic (60%) design for the Center City Connector project. You can view our presentation here. With this approval, the project team will move forward with design development, and we will be back in front of the Commission later this year with final design updates.
Rendering of the future station at 1st and Madison-Spring
Notice of Availability for NEPA FONSI & SEPA Addendum
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announce the availability of a FONSI and SEPA Addendum for the Center City Connector Streetcar Project. FTA is the lead agency for the project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). SDOT is the lead agency for the project agency under SEPA. SDOT prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for FTA review in compliance with NEPA, 42 U.S.C. § 4332 et. seq., and with FTA’s NEPA regulations, 23 CFR Part 771. The EA was issued on May 9, 2016 and made available for public review and comment for a 30-day period. The EA was also adopted in its entirety to support a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) to satisfy State Environmental Policy (SEPA) regulations (Seattle Municipal Code 25.05).
The FONSI and SEPA Addendum can be viewed at the City of Seattle Central Library at 1000 Fourth Ave; the City of Seattle International District/Chinatown Branch Library at 713 Eighth Ave S; the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, 20th floor; or on the project website at: http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/centercity_lib.htm.
A 15-day public comment period for the SEPA Addendum begins on February 27, 2017. Comments must be postmarked or emailed by 5 PM on March 14, 2017. Send comments or request alternate formats to the attention of: Sandra Gurkewitz, Senior Environmental Planner at Seattle Department of Transportation, 700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3800 (SMT-38-00), PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA 98124-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read the Seattle Center City Connector FONSI , SEPA Addendum , Environmental Assessment and Legal Notices at our project library page.
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 more than 20,000 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.
Please stay tuned for more information, and again, please sign up here to receive news and updates on the Center City Connector Streetcar project.
For additional information about the EA, contact the Seattle Streetcar at: email@example.com or (206) 615-1070.