September 9, 2019
Over the past year, Seattle Streetcar ridership has increased by 18 percent and SDOT has worked to place the Center City Connector Streetcar Project on more secure financial footing. In August, Seattle City Council appropriated $9 million so that we could move forward with essential design work to advance the Center City Connector project. With this critical funding, SDOT is excited to be moving this transit project forward so that millions of people will have the opportunity to use a complete streetcar system providing easy connections between South Lake Union, the waterfront, Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District, and First Hill.
Check out our blog for the latest details on key next steps moving forward with the streetcar project.
July 26, 2019
Seattle Streetcar ridership is up 18-percent!
Tuesday, July 30, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will deliver the news to the Seattle City Council Sustainability and Transportation Committee as part of its regular streetcar operations update on the existing streetcar lines. The team will also request a $9-million appropriation to move forward with essential work to advance the Center City Connector project.
Check out the SDOT Blog to learn more.
January 17, 2019
Mayor Durkan’s office released the following new statement: Mayor Durkan to Work with the City Council, Community Members, Businesses and Transit Partners to Move Forward on this Mobility Project to Connect New Waterfront with City. Read the complete statement here.
December 5, 2018
The status of the project is still being considered. Any announcement about project status will come from Mayor Durkan’s office. Once an announcement is made, we’ll update the project website and send an email update. To sign up for our email updates, click here.
August 31, 2018
Following Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s order of an independent review of the Seattle Streetcar, the City of Seattle released an initial summary of findings for full transparency and accountability of anticipated capital costs as well as historical, current and future operating costs. Read the complete press release here.
July 24, 2018
The City provides an update on the progress of the independent review of the Center City Connector. Read the complete press release here.
June 29, 2018
The Mayor wants a thorough and thoughtful analysis that addresses a range of questions related to the costs of this project. KPMG, which was retained to do the independent review of the Center City Connector Streetcar, has not completed the final report but verbally briefed Mayor Durkan on initial findings on June 19. As part of the briefing, the Mayor asked for a further analysis on technical assumptions, ridership projections, operations and capital costs, and funding options, as well as more detailed information regarding additional alternatives for providing transit connections moving forward.
In addition, she asked for a final technical review by City departments including the City Budget Office, SDOT, Seattle Public Utilities, and Seattle City Light to verify updated ridership projections, material costs and labor, utility relocations and project timelines for a series of options to ensure the final report is accurate for taxpayers. With this additional analysis, KPMG will deliver a final report to the Mayor and Council. It is expected that the work can be completed in the coming weeks that will outline operating and capital costs as well as funding risks for both the utility and streetcar work.
March 30, 2018
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. Read the complete press release here.
Center City Connector: Alignment & Station Locations