On Wednesday, CHS reported on the planned start of construction this spring for the First Hill streetcar line connecting Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square. Way back in December — right before the holidays making it easily put aside — the Seattle Transit Blog took a look at exactly who will ride the First Hill Streetcar. Some of this equation might still be more fully filled in as the uncertainty of a possible north Broadway extension is peeled away — we’ll have more on the political and planning process behind the extension soon — but the examination is pretty interesting:
The streetcar will do its only good work facilitating intra-local trips on Broadway. The streetcar will provide meaningful new connectivity between Capitol Hill Station and Pike/Pine, Seattle U, Swedish, the new Yesler Terrace, and Little Saigon. The 9 is too infrequent, and the 60 too circuitous, to provide good service between these points.
Beyond Broadway, the streetcar is an expensive disappointment. Its routing will be circuitous, it will be slow, and it will redundantly waste its highest demand corridor (Jackson St).
Long story, short, the route will do a good job uniting Capitol Hill Broadway with First Hill and Central District Broadway. Yay for us. But give the whole essay a read for a peek ahead into the near future — and possibly more ammunition for the fight to extend the line north to Aloha.