The Seattle Times might take some peculiar stances on parking but transportation writer Mike Lindblom sure knows how to write good transit porn:
Now that voters have approved the funds — a near footnote in the $18 billion Sound Transit 2 plan of 2008, funded by higher sales taxes — construction on the $134 million streetcar line is to begin this month. Service is expected to start in early 2014.
There will be fewer lanes for car traffic and a loss of parking. On the other hand, the line will mean more-frequent transit, and a huge gain for bicyclists. Along much of the route, the streetcar will share a traffic lane with cars, as in many cities.
Despite its origins as a consolation prize, the 2 ½-mile project has become a magnet for great expectations, beyond just moving people through the state’s most densely populated corridor.
Give the full report a read. It’s a great write-up of the history of the project and the many changes it will bring as it connects Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill via First Hill. Below, we’ve included the latest streetcar coverage from CHS and a series of graphics from the recent streetcar open houses provided to CHS to share on the site. You’ll find a construction timeline, some before and after imagery and more. You won’t find a date for a groundbreaking, though. We’ve yet to hear from SDOT about the plans for a groundbreaking ceremony. More juicy streetcar goodness, below.
More from CHS:
20132014 — Construction to begin in April
- $30 million north Broadway streetcar extension still in play
- Who will ride the First Hill streetcar? Broadway people
- Paid for and routed, First Hill streetcar gets final design touches before construction
- Streetcar update: Broadway Bikeway will help Capitol Hill ‘reclaim the street’
The First Hill streetcar open house presentation graphics are below. They were designed to be displayed as large posters so the best way to view the slideshow is in full-screen. According to the construction schedule, we’ll see the first track work on Broadway start this June.