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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City of Seattle Begins Evaluation of Potential First Hill Streetcar Routes

12/4/2009  1:45:00 PM

City of Seattle Begins Evaluation of Potential First Hill Streetcar Routes
Three community open houses to be held mid-December

SEATTLE – The first expansion of the Seattle Streetcar network will begin with a series of community open houses focused on potential routes for the fully funded First Hill Streetcar line. The new line will create a unique connection between several Seattle neighborhoods including the International District and Pioneer Square, Yesler Terrace, First Hill and Capitol Hill.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will hold three community open houses to educate neighborhood residents and businesses about alignment options being considered for the line, which is anticipated to be selected by the Seattle City Council this spring. At the open houses, community members will have the opportunity to learn about the proposed routes, provide feedback on which alignment best serves their needs and sign-up to receive project updates. The open houses will be held:

  • Tuesday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway)
  • Wednesday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Yesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way)
  • Thursday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Union Station (401 S Jackson Street)

These community meetings are the first step in an ongoing dialogue that will occur over the next several months. Community members may request an interpreter for any of these meetings by contacting Kate Miller at 206.838.9224 or at least five working days prior to the event.

In November 2008 voters approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2), which fully funds construction and operation of the First Hill Streetcar line. Through an interlocal agreement with Sound Transit, the city of Seattle will build this new streetcar line with voter-approved funding from the ST2 measure. The project is slated to break ground in 2011 and is expected to open by 2013.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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