Preliminary loop route plan ( Download PDF)
12th Ave Streetcar Group (aka Group for the Loop) organizer Tri Nguyen writes in with an update regarding progress on an alternative route being proposed for the First Hill/Capitol Hill/Central District streetcar line. He also says stay tuned for a Cap Hill/Pike Pine community gathering on the streetcar soon, where Seattle Department of Transportation will present the latest thinking on the project. Here’s Tri’s update:
Josh Mahar’s April and May CHS posts about the Streetcar sparked considerable interest; they got people involved (including me) and generated movement. I’m writing to summarize what’s happened since your last post.
In the last five weeks:* Relevant decision makers have taken favorable notice:– Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin met with 7 of us to discuss the Loop alignment; at meeting’s end he deemed our arguments “persuasive,” offered that Council would strongly consider supporting the Loop, and directed his staff to draft a proviso that will make sure that the Council will take part in the decision-making of issues such as route selection. (While the Executive — Mayor’s Office — has the authority to make such decisions without Council participation, the Council has the right to insist on participation through its function as legislating necessary expenditures.)– For the first time, SDOT included the Loop as a possible alignment in its *own* presentation materials (PDF).– King County Councilmember Larry Phillips (District 4) sent a representative to walk with us down 12th Ave for an in situ discussion of the Loop’s merits.– Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen will meet with the group tomorrow, Thursday.* The press has taken notice, too:– Public affairs blog PubliCola.net interviewed a number of us for an article on the 12th Ave Streetcar movement.– The Stranger has scheduled an interview.* We’ve been connecting with other organizations:– The 37th District Democrats invited us to present at an upcoming meeting.– The Seattle Streetcar Alliance invited us to join their association.– We have met with InterIm Community Development Association to engage Chinatown/I.D. stakeholders.– International Bicycle Fund has offered to study the route to determine its implications for cyclists.– We are seeking the endorsements of a number of neighborhood Community Councils.– We are engaging 12th Ave architects in Loop design.
To help organize the above, we set up a Facebook Group which has grown to nearly 100 members. The group is a hub that centralizes news and info (links to your blog, for example), gathers community and coordinates effort and strategy. For a number of active participants, it was the first step in their involvement.
Your reporting really helped start things off. I wanted to suggest that now might be a good time for a follow-up to your April/May posts — to summarize recent events, and to let readers know that, if they care about this issue and want to get involved, there now is an active group that they can connect with.
Good suggestion :) Here’s a start.