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 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. 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!
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