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 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 system is projected to carry up to 30,000 average weekday riders.
The Center City Connector will serve the City of Seattle’s three intermodal hub areas including Westlake Intermodal Hub, Colman Dock Intermodal Hub, and King Street Intermodal Hub. The Connector will provide convenient transfers to the 3rd Avenue Transit Spine at both ends of Downtown, to Link Light Rail via multiple Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) station entries, and to Sounder Commuter Rail at King Street Station.
The Seattle City Council approved the Locally Preferred Alternative for the Center City Connector via Resolution 31526.
The Federal Transit Administration has approved the City of Seattle’s request for entry into project development.
Project planning is summarized in Center City Connector Transit Study Executive Summary and the Report (Volume I & Appendix A), and in further detail in Volume II and the appendices.
Next steps for the Center City Connector streetcar project include environmental review, additional community outreach and input on preliminary and final design. More information on urban design concepts, east-west design options, parking and access strategies, and construction phasing options is available in these presentation boards from the November 19, 2014 project open house.