With construction expected to begin early in the New Year, Seattle streetcar planners and designers went before the city’s Design Commission last week to present the latest plans for the First Hill streetcar route that will run between the International District and Capitol Hill by the end of 2013.
The designs from the presentation, embedded below, flesh out features like the cycle track “art bollards” that will be used to separate bike traffic from car and train traffic along some sections of the route including Broadway. It also diagrams the plan for a new Marion/Boylston plaza along the route.
Construction on the $132 million project is expected to begin in January with work beginning on First Hill between Madison and Boren. Work on Capitol Hill would start later around mid-year. SDOT says a detailed construction schedule should be available in December.
Money to complete the currently planned project is locked in and the streetcar line’s alignment is finalized but there is continued interest from the community in extending the line north on Broadway to Roy instead of the currently planned terminus near Broadway and Denny, the future home of the light rail station. The city won a $900,000 grant to study connecting the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcar lines but a ballot measure that would have funded several transit projects with increases in car licensing fees was defeated in this month’s election. How things shake out for any extension of the First Hill line remains to be seen.