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September 15, 2017

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What's happening now?

Thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in session on September 12! If you couldn't make it, check out our display boards here.

drop-in session on September 12

Construction is starting soon in the Pioneer Square area. Beginning at the southern end of the alignment and working north, we'll be relocating and replacing utilities in preparation for streetcar track construction.

Here's what you can expect during this first phase of construction:

  • Parking and load zone changes
  • Lane restrictions and weekend intersection closures
  • Traffic detours for people driving and biking
  • Bus stop closures/relocations
  • Planned water utility shutdowns
  • Nighttime work
  • Typical construction impacts such as dust, noise, and truck activity

Our construction folio has more information about the project and upcoming construction impacts. We'll update this information and provide advance notice as we know more.

How we'll support businesses:

We're committed to working closely with businesses and residents along the alignment during construction. Here's some of what we'll do:

  • Conduct proactive outreach, including events, small group meetings, door-to-door, mailings, regular web updates, and a 24/7 hotline during construction
  • Maintain access to businesses throughout construction and develop creative signage to help direct people walking
  • Keep sidewalks open during construction except in small sections on a temporary basis

In addition, the Small Business Development team at the Office of Economic Development has business consulting services around financing, marketing, business planning and other support services available

Click here to see overall construction timeline.

Utility and Streetcar Construction Timeline - Q1 2017 - Q4 2019

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Environmental Update

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced the availability of a FONSI and SEPA Addendum for the Center City Connector Streetcar Project. A 15-day public comment period ran through March 14, 2017 and is now closed. 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.

 Rendering of the future station at 1st and Madison-Spring
Rendering of the future station at 1st and Madison-Spring

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; it was updated in Fall 2016. 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.

Stay Connected

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



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