Included in recommendations for how the region should put more than $166 million in federal transportation funds to work: $850 grand to power study of the the First Hill streetcar extension beyond its currently planned terminus at Broadway and Denny, the future home of Capitol Hill Station.
The recommendation from the Puget Sound Regional Council is an important stamp of approval from the organization. You can show your support — or opposition — by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org through October 25th when the council’s executive board will vote to approve the slate. A full list of recommended projects is below. You’ll note there are also line items for important work along 23rd Ave.
People involved with the planning process around a possible First Hill route extension to north Broadway say there is growing energy to push the rail system even farther north along 10th Ave to reach E Prospect and open up the possibility of a better connection to Volunteer Park.
The First Hill streetcar is expected to eventually serve around 3,500 riders per day, according to transit planners. A previous study concluded that extending the route to Aloha would add about 500 riders per day. That study also said that extending the line to Aloha would add 3 minutes to the trip in each direction. Trolleys will leave every 15 minutes and vehicle traffic and streetcars will share a lane as a separated bikeway is added along Broadway.
Puget Sound Regional Council Recommends Transportation Funding for Seattle
SEATTLE – The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending more than $166 million in funding for projects in Seattle, part of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by PSRC to improve transportation around the region.
- Mercer Corridor West Project – Underpass Segment (5th Ave N to 9th Ave N)* – $10,000,000
- South Lake Union Streetcar Maintenance – $515,024
- Westlake Cycle Track – $1,706,586
- 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – South Jackson Street to East John Street – $3,500,000
- 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements – South Jackson Street to East Madison Street Preservation – $1,500,000
- First Hill Street Car – Broadway Extension – $850,000
- Seattle Central Waterfront Regional Passenger-Only Ferry Terminal – $1,366,530
- Bicycle Access Enhancements to King County Metro RapidRide Bus Rapid Transit – $600,000
- King County Metro Electric Trolley Fleet Replacement – $67,092,357
- Refurbishing Transit Tunnel Elevators – $2,839,594
- Third Ave Transit Corridor Improvement and RapidRide Facilities Project – $3,480,000
- Lynnwood to Northgate Link Light Rail – $26,919,692
- North Link: Extend Light Rail from UW to Northgate Transit Center – $29,442,586
- Holman Rd Northwest – NW 87th Street to Greenwood Ave North Preservation – $1,129,357
- NE 125th Street/Roosevelt Way NE/NE 130th Street – I-5 Overpass to Sand Point Way NE Preservation – $1,000,000
- South Park Bridge Replacement – $15,000,000
These projects were selected on their merits and support the region’s economic development and growth,” said Bellevue Councilmember Claudia Balducci, chair of PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board. “When Congress approved these funds earlier this year, their focus was on growing and sustaining jobs. These projects, large and small, will put people to work and shore up the foundations of our economy for the future.”
PSRC is encouraging public comments on the projects proposed for funding and on the region’s draft Transportation Improvement Program for 2013-2016. The public comment period runs from September 13 through October 25, 2012. The vote by PSRC’s Executive Board to approve the 2013-2016 Transportation Improvement Program is scheduled for October 25. A complete list of all projects andmore information is available at psrc.org.