The Seattle Department of Transportation has released a set of maps documenting the proposed alignment alternatives for the streetcar that will connect the Capitol Hill light rail station with Union Station on the edge of the International District.
UPDATE: Also check out the set of maps showing analysis of the area’s commercial and residential density and the planned future capacity. We’ve included images from those maps at the end of the post.
The maps solidify the discussions around the three potential options — the Boren route, the Broadway route and a 12th Ave/Broadway ‘couplet’ that would encircle a big chunk of southern Capitol Hill into the Central District. We’ll learn more about how the city is positioning these alternatives in Tuesday night’s community meeting at Seattle Central. More info on that, below.
In addition to the maps provided by SDOT, we’ve included Google Maps of the three routes at the bottom of this post. Examining the maps reveals some notes of interest. For one, all routes have become ‘loop’ routes with the addition of 11th Ave segments to the alternatives.
Also, in both the Boren and the 12th/Broadway couplet routes, the central Pike/Pine stops would be on E. Pike — one at Pike and 11th, the other at Pike and Broadway (dropping riders off in front of a Shell service station, ironically). The Broadway route would also include a stop at Pike and Broadway but it’s 11th stop would be at the corner with Madison, across the street from Seattle University and near the future development of the lot that currently is home to the Undrearms Apartments .
For a perspective on the alignment maps from the Central District, check out CDNews coverage here . Their takeaway is 12th Ave looks better and better: “It puts more people within access to a stop, gives good service to Swedish and Seattle U, and is the shortest, which should save money and shorten travel times from any given point.”
Cal Anderson section of the 12th Ave alternative (Figure 6 PDF)
Boren route alternative’s Capitol Hill components (Figure 5 PDF)
The Broadway route north of Madison (Figure 4 PDF)
We’ll post images shortly but here’s a set of links to PDF documents of the alignments and project info from the city’s seattlestreetcar.org site :
- Alignment Figure 1
- Alignment Figure 2
- Alignment Figure 3
- Alignment Figure 4
- Alignment Figure 5
- Alignment Figure 6
- Conceptual Sections
- 2nd Ave S Concept Section
- 5th Ave S Concept Section
- 11th Ave Concept Section
- Capitol Hill Station Concept Section
- Yesler Terrace Concept Section
Streetcar Bicyle Integration
- Streetcar-bike best practices 1
- Streetcar-bike best practices 2
Density + Capacity with Potential Stop Locations
- Commercial Density
- Residential Density
- Commercial Development Capacity
- Residential Development Capacity
Also, here’s a collection of CHS coverage of the streetcar process and information about Tuesday night’s community meeting:
- The Case for a 12th Ave Streetcar
- Seattle Transit Blog doesn’t like 12th Ave streetcar route
- Putting more First Hill in the First Hill-Capitol Hill streetcar
- Streetcar 2013: City Council moves $120 million plan forward
- Will the streetcar make a Stranger stop? 11th Ave option reportedly enters mix
Tuesday night’s meeting will be the first of three sessions organized by the Seattle Department of Transportation to discuss the streetcar project with the community.
Tuesday, December 15 6:00 PM-8:00PM
Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway)
Wednesday, December 16 6:00 PM-8:00PM
Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way)
Thursday, December 17 6:00 PM-8:00PM
Union Station (401 S. Jackson Street)
Thanks to Scott at Central District News for sharing his fast Google Maps work with us.
The “Two-way Broadway” option (4.38 miles long):
“Broadway/12th Couplet” includes southbound service on 12th Avenue (4.26 miles long):
First Hill Boren route (4.89 miles long)
Here are the commercial and residential density maps and their future capacity counterparts.