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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Second Round of Community Meetings for First Hill Streetcar Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/27/2010  11:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Second Round of Community Meetings for First Hill Streetcar Line
Three community open houses to be held in February

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will hold three community open houses in February to share new information and receive comments about alignment options for the First Hill Streetcar line. The new line will connect light rail stations and several Seattle neighborhoods including the Chinatown/International District, Pioneer Square, Yesler Terrace, First Hill and Capitol Hill.

The city has combined input from hundreds of comments about alternate routes with other factors including bicycle routes, streetcar ridership and economic development potential, possible utility conflicts, travel times, capital and operating costs, traffic and parking revisions, and urban design opportunities. Information based on these criteria will be shared at the meetings.

These community meetings are part of the public dialog that will continue over the next three months, leading to a decision by Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council on a route for the new line. Construction is slated to begin in 2011 and the streetcar would begin operating in 2013 with Sound Transit funds previously approved by voters.

The open houses will be held: 

  • Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Union Station (401 S Jackson Street)
  • Thursday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Avenue)
  • Thursday, February 11, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Avenue)

Community members may request an interpreter for any of these meetings by contacting Kate Miller at 206.838.9224 or kmiller@feareygroup.com at least five working days prior to the event.  

For more project information, see the Web site at www.seattlestreetcar.org/firsthill                                  


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