Streetcar Connector Moves Forward
The city has selected Nelson/Nygaard to undertake a federally funded $900,000 study of a potential line connecting the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcar lines. The route would run on 4th and 5th Avenues in downtown.
The downtown routing should help the line attract riders as should the direct connection to the other two streetcar routes, and would cost only $74 million, a relatively low price for a fixed route transit line. The route would also be an important part of possible routes to Fremont or along Eastlake according to www.seattletransitblog.com.
Amazon May Buy Streetcar
Employees of online retailing giant Amazon.com fill the three South Lake Union Inekon Trio streetcars in service on the South Lake Union streetcar line during peak hours which is why Amazon wants to fund purchase of a fourth unit to lessen headways, The Seattle Times reports. Headways could be cut to 10 minutes, from the current 15 minutes, with the fourth car.
The e-commerce firm proposes paying the city $5.5 million for streetcar and bicycling improvements that would ease employee commutes. The plan would also bring a public benefit, to compensate for Amazon taking city-owned alley space to build its high-rise Denny Triangle campus, Mayor Mike McGinn announced Friday. Amazon plans to build three 38 floor towers near its existing location along the streetcar line.
The company's funding would also pay for bike lanes on 7th Avenue connecting its buildings.