There will be a forum on the Proposed Central Streetcar Line on Wednesday, July 2nd at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor, 4-6pm.
See http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?ID=8558&Dept=2 for the announcement and http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/future.asp for the plan.
As Councilmember Drago mentioned on the Dave Ross show this morning, the purpose of the streetcar plan is to connect neighborhoods, unlike our bus system which is focussed on a hub and spoke model oriented to commuting through downtown. If you review the map of the proposed system, you can decide whether her comment reflects just talk or real possibility. I also do not see how this plan connects to light rail. I like streetcars, but I cannot feature us building any transit options that do not ‘connect’ to each other.
As Scott noted in his May article http://www.centraldistrictnews.com/2008/05/05/city-to-cd-no- the line only goes to 23rd and Jackson. Part of the funding process involves local businesses and local business development. So, for all of you who live in the Central Area, own businesses in the Central Area, or want more neighborhood ‘main’ streets, consider attending and contributing to the discussion.