Way back in January, we first reported on the Community Council committee forming a plan to influence the political process that is shaping the First Hill streetcar project . One of the Capitol Hill Complete Streetcar Campaign’s tenets already appears to be a done deal — the 2-way Broadway alignment is a clear winner — but the other two have long, um, roads ahead. While the City Council has endorsed the study of extending the streetcar to north Broadway and the Seattle Department of Transportation already has gear in the field studying the pedestrian and bicycle elements of the streetcar plan, both Complete Streetcar Campaign initiatives will require long-term effort and community drive.
With the 2009 fall Seattle election process as our precedent, CHS is asking the community to weigh in on supporting the campaign with an official endorsement. Vote below.
UPDATE: POLL CLOSED! Complete Streetcar Campaign endorsed! Kittens are cute!
Registered CHS users may vote in the poll. We’re keeping the window on this one short so we can be wrapped up in time for Thursday night’s hearing at First Baptist Church.
Here is how the poll works:
- Registered CHS account holders may vote in each poll once
- Polls closes Thursday at 2 PM CHS Standard Time
- If you do not have an account, you may create one here
- Log in here
Capitol Hill Complete Streetcar Campaign Initiatives – View Full Memo – View Facebook Group
- Plan to extend to Aloha St. The Aloha extension has been a consistent priority for Capitol Hill ever since the streetcar was first proposed. Even though funding for Aloha St is not yet secured, the extension should be fully designed and brought to a point of being “shovel ready” as part of this project, and the rest of the line should be designed in such a way as to maximize the feasibility of extending to Aloha.
- Keep the streetcar on Broadway north of Union St. This keeps the energy and focus on the retail corridor and makes the system simpler and easier to understand, a key factor in attracting new riders. The Cal Anderson Park loop raises safety and running time concerns and interferes with the community’s plans for the redevelopment of Sound Transit’s light rail station properties, particularly the plan to move the Farmer’s Market to Denny Way and Nagle Place.
- Reclaim the Street. Make the streetcar a catalyst for reclaiming the use of the right of way on Broadway. Specifically, consider eliminating the center turning lane on Broadway except at the major intersections and repurposing this space for bicycle and pedestrian use.
What will the endorsement mean? For one, the group working on the campaign (could be you, btw, if you’d like to help) will be able to list CHS among its community support in its documents and when presenting at public meetings and speaking with city officials. Our coverage of the streetcar and the community groups and organizations working on the project will not change. We’ll continue to report the issues and make sure the story gets told in an accurate and complete fashion. But the campaign will have — or not have — another concrete expression of community support for its work.