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Westlake Transportation Hub Strategy: FAQ

What is a transportation “hub”?
A hub is a planning term that typically denotes a place with high transit activity, usually where different transportation modes (bus, streetcar, light rail, commuter rail, ferry, bicycles, taxi, etc) converge and facilitate large transfer volumes from one mode to another. The other transportation hubs identified for Center City Seattle are King Street Station and Washington State Ferries’ Colman Dock.

What are the other projects underway in the Westlake hub area?
Strategies to implement the Westake hub strategy include leveraging public and private projects so they help implement the broader area’s strategy. Public projects influencing the Westlake hub area include:

  • Transit improvements along Pike and Pine Streets, as well as along Stewart and Olive/Howell Streets
  • Third Avenue streetscape improvements, which were started in 2007 and continue in 2008
  • Center City Parking and Pedestrian Wayfinding Programs
  • Seattle Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation
  • Sound Transit Link Light Rail
  • King County Metro RapidRide (bus rapid transit) to West Seattle, Ballard, and the Aurora Corridor
  • The Urban Mobility Plan and Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program

When will the hub strategy be completed?
The project team is soliciting input from key stakeholders and developing draft recommendations for review in late April and early May, 2008. Final recommendations, including a hub Strategy report and executive summary, will be finalized sometime in the 3rd Quarter 2008.

Wasn’t there a study done a few years back on the Westlake hub?
A hub study was conducted in 2004 that focused on changes to monorail stop locations along the now-defunct Seattle Popular Monorail Green Line. As appropriate, recommendations from 2004 are being considered in the updated hub strategy.


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