On March 30, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector Streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains, pending an independent review. While conducting a preliminary assessment, it was discovered that the proposed project could face a significant capital shortfall. As a result, the City also has initiated an independent investigation of the project’s management to date.
“The City of Seattle has a critical obligation to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and an equal obligation to transparency,” said Mayor Durkan. “There are too many questions about the true costs of this project and the risks to taxpayers, which is why we must put the brakes on this project. As your new Mayor, I will continue to scrub our budgets and act to protect taxpayers.”
Connecting Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square – and everything in between!
The Center City Connector is the missing link that will join the existing South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines, creating new north-south connections that will allow for easy rail transit connections throughout the core of downtown.
Construction began in fall 2017 and once complete the streetcar will provide better transit connectivity to Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Link light rail at Westlake, Pioneer Square, and the stadiums.
Whether you’re a resident or worker or a visitor, making transit connections will be easier and more convenient with the Center City Connector!