In two weeks, the Seattle City Council is set to clear the final legislative clutch on the project that will create a streetcar line running between Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill via First Hill. The move paves the way for a slightly-later-than-planned April start of construction that will put the route on pace for an early 2014 start of service.
According to staff, the City Council’s transportation committee is scheduled to take up the final affirmation of the agreement between Sound Transit and Seattle to pay for the streetcar route as a make-good on the decision to not add a First Hill station to the U-Link light rail line that is expected to be completed in late 2016.
In a December briefing, Seattle Department of Transportation officials laid out the final plans for the project and outlined a decision to budget funds for a Pioneer Square extension leaving an effort to extend the Broadway portion of the route off the table:
We reported this summer on a community effort to lobby for a north Broadway extension of the route now planned to terminate at Broadway and Denny.
The full SDOT presentation from the December Council briefing, including notes on the planned frequency of cars on the line, is below. We reported on the design of the project and some of the changes it will bring to Capitol Hill streets here.
SDOT planners will be on hand at Union Station the night of the City Council committee meeting for the first of two community open houses to discuss the project. As you can see, planners are sticking with the First Hill streetcar brand. A second session is planned for March at the Silver Cloud at Broadway and Madison.