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Updated December 4, 2013

Project updates

Thanks to everyone who attended our October 29 open house at Pike Place Market - we had a great turnout and enthusiastic crowd!

Missed the open house? 
The Seattle Channel was on hand to record the event – watch the video here. Check out all the open house materials and a summary of comments from people who attended.

What’s next?
The project team will review and consider your feedback as we develop a recommendation for a locally preferred option that we’ll present to the Mayor and City Council in early 2014. 

Background and Overview

City Center Corridors Alignment OptionThe Transit Master Plan prioritized four corridors with the highest ridership potential and the greatest need for higher capacity transit service, including the Center City Connector.

The goal of the Center City Connector project is to improve north-south transit mobility and link the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars through downtown.

With $900,000 from the Federal Transit Administration and $300,000 in local funding, the City is moving forward on a transit study that will look at different street alignment and technology mode (bus, rail) options. The Transit Master Plan identified two potential alignment options – click on the map for details. We will be asking the public for more ideas on a broad range of options.

The outcome of the study will be the selection of a locally preferred alternative (LPA) that has stakeholder support and is backed by a viable financial and implementation plan. This will position the city well for future funding opportunities that will help us design a build a project.

Milestones and Schedule

The table below outlines the project’s key milestones and basic schedule:

January 2013

Develop project goals and objectives, and evaluation criteria


Identify broad range of alternatives


Complete Tier 1 screening


Complete Tier 2 screening


Identify recommendation for draft locally preferred alternative

January 2014

Develop implementation and finance plans


Present draft locally preferred alternative to Mayor and City Council

What’s an Alternatives Analysis?

How can I get involved?

We will engage the public throughout the project through open house meetings, stakeholder interviews, and online tools.

You can get key staff contact info in our Get Involved section. Even if you can’t join us in-person, you can stay informed – we’ll post presentations and documents in our Meetings & Materials section.  We welcome and encourage your questions and ideas.


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