Just a few days before the first in a series of public forums to discuss three possible routes for the streetcar connecting Union Station and Capitol Hill’s future light rail station by way of First Hill, the Stranger is reporting yet another option is being added to the mix. The possible addition runs right under their noses:
The 11th Avenue segment would be:
* Northbound from Madison to Denny with the Two-Way Broadway option;
* Northbound from Union to Denny with the Boren option;
* Southbound from Denny to Union with the Broadway-12th couplet option.
The above comes from an e-mail sent to the Stranger by city streetcar planner Ethan Melone. The Stranger’s offices are located on 11th Ave near the 11th/Pine intersection. Across the street stands the old “Sun Electric” factory building set to be redeveloped as a mixed-use retail and housing project.
Tuesday night, the city and Sound Transit are holding the first of three meetings to discuss the streetcar project with the community. Tuesday’s meeting is at Seattle Central from 6-8 PM.
We’ll try to get more information from Melone on the specifics of how 11th Ave would fit into the routes Boren, Broadway and 12th/Broadway Couplet routes currently on the drawing board before Tuesday night’s meeting. Though the first public meeting is only days away, the city has yet to post the official ‘alignment alternatives’ to its First Hill Streetcar site. Here’s a simplified layout of the routes — and fuzzy purple 11th Ave mystery zone.
Quick reply from Melone (gotta like that in your city officials!) below. He says drawings should be posted on the city site before Tuesday night’s meeting. We asked Melone for a clarification on how 11th would fit into the various plans on the table. We also asked him about where the potential 11th Ave segment would be dropping people off for the Capitol Hill light rail station.
For two-way Broadway, northbound on Broadway to Madison, EB Madison to 11th, NB 11th to Denny, WB Denny to Broadway. For Boren option, EB Seneca to Union, to 11th, to Denny to Broadway. For Broadway-12th couplet, NB Broadway to Denny, EB Denny to 11th, SB 11th to Union, EB Union to 11th. For all of these options, the stop at the Capitol Hill light rail station would be on Denny near the Nagle Place entrance. There would be another pair of stops serving the Pike/Pine corridor on Broadway and 11th.
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