June 17, 2014 - First Hill Streetcar construction is substantially complete! We extend heartfelt thanks for your patience during the past two years of work. Along the entire route, businesses, residents, school communities, shoppers, and visitors expressed interest in the project, provided valuable input, and exercised caution while navigating construction areas. We appreciate your involvement and look forward to starting up passenger service later this year.
The major components of the track, maintenance and operations facility, and electrical power system have been installed, and the small remaining issues identified by City inspectors are now being addressed by the contractor.Â At the same time, inspections and testing procedures are taking place. In September, we will begin testing the streetcars and training operators.
The City’s contractor is completing testing of electrical systems, and the City’s streetcar carbuilder is currently completing manufacturing of six streetcars for the First Hill Line, and an additional car for the South Lake Union Line.Â Three cars will be built locally in Seattle, while four are being completed and tested at the carbuilder’s factory in the Czech Republic before shipping to Seattle. As the cars are completed this summer and fall, operational testing and operator training will begin in preparation for passenger service later this year.
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Sound Transit Construction to Constrict Traffic Lanes on Broadway
The west side of Broadway between E Denny Way and E Howell Street has been closed to vehicular traffic until July in order for Sound Transit to build the underground pedestrian concourse from the west side of Broadway to their Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station on the east side of the street. During this period, traffic has been shifted to the east side of Broadway and has been reduced to a single lane in each direction. In addition, the northern most block of the Broadway Cycle Track, between Denny Way and Howell Street, is also closed. (The track between Howell and Union remains open.)
In July, the work will shift to the east side of Broadway. Traffic will continue to be limited to a single lane in each direction until December when the underground concourse construction should be completed. Questions about the Sound Transit work can be directed to 206/398-5300 or email at email@example.com.
Cyclists should continue to utilize the bike detour on 12th Avenue.
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COMING SOON! FIRST HILL STREETCAR
Construction of the First Hill Streetcar has reached substantial completion and is currently in the testing phase. Streetcar operations will begin later in 2014.
The City of Seattle is building a modern streetcar network that will provide new urban mobility options, support economic growth and strengthen connections among the places where people live, work and socialize.
The First Hill Streetcar Line will be an important link in the regional transit system. It will connect the diverse and vibrant residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown ID and Pioneer Square, while also serving major medical centers (Harborview, Swedish, and Virginia Mason), institutions of higher learning (Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University) and major sporting event venues (CenturyLink & Safeco Field).
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First Hill Streetcar Project Scope
This is a major transportation infrastructure project. Construction began in spring 2012 and passenger service is expected to begin in fall 2014.
Most of the primary elements of construction have been completed including:
- Removal of the existing roadway
- Installation and/or relocation of existing utilities
- Excavation for the streetcar trackway
- Installation of the streetcar tracks
- Replacement of the street and sections of sidewalk
- Overhead wires and traffic signal work
- Final street restoration and installation of permanent street markings
The next phase of streetcar construction includes these elements:
- Inspection, testing and adjustments of the overhead electrical system that will power the trains
- Testing of the streetcars
- Training of streetcar operators
- Streetcar operations
What to expect during this phase of construction:
- Streetcars operating without passengers for testing and training
- Long-term parking and loading restrictions around work zones
- Lane restrictions
- Full intersection closures on weekends
- Nighttime and weekend work
In November 2008, voters in the Puget Sound area approved "ST2," the mass transit expansion plan for our region. This measure builds on the Sound Move plan approved in 1996 to expand light rail, commuter rail and express bus service in our region. The ST2 Plan includes funding for the First Hill Streetcar connector project, which links employment centers to the light rail system via connections on Capitol Hill and in the International District.