Center City Connector
Since the open house, we have been working on evaluating different transit mode and street options (based on feedback we got from open house attendees, and from broader stakeholders and staff).
Check out the results of the initial screening and learn more about the evaluation process. The next level of evaluation (Tier 1) is underway and will be complete in time for our next open house on Thursday June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. More details to come. We hope you’ll join us!
Background and Overview
The 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:
The Alternatives Analysis (AA) will determine the best mode (i.e. streetcar, bus rapid transit, etc), estimated ridership, possible route and stops, and projected costs to build, operate, and maintain a connector in the Center City. The study will help address issues of congestion, economic development, and environmental and social impacts.
SDOT will engage the public throughout the project. At the end of the study, a locally preferred alternative will be identified that best meets the goals and objectives for the corridor.
Key tasks include:
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.