April 18, 2017
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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
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.
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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