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Seafair Festival Kick Off

When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 8:30AM to 1PM
Where: Westlake Park

Schedule of Events
8:30AM – Registration/Kick Off Opens
10AM – Ceremony featuring Hydroplane Racing Legend, “The Boat Guy” Chip Hanauer & Unveiling of the 2014 King Neptune & Queen Alcyone followed by a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Kick Off Seafair Festival Season!
10:30AM – Biking Starts for Guinness World Record
11AM – End of Biking & Post-Bike Ceremony
1PM – Kick Off Ends

On Sunday, June 15, from 7:00 to 11:00 AM, transit service will be rerouted off of Pine St west of 9th Av in downtown Seattle during the Seafair Kickoff event at Westlake Park.

During this event, routes 10, 11, 43, 47 & 49 will travel instead via Union St and will serve all posted stops.

There may be transit and traffic delays in the downtown area during this event.
Transit reroute start and end times are subject to change.

For more information, visit: http://www.seafair.com/AnEvent.aspx?ID=27?SecID=1023

SODO Collision Traffic

A major collision at East Marginal Way S and S Nevada St sent three people to the hospital and shut down State Route -99 through Seattle for hours.

Just before 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon police and firefighters responded to a two vehicle collision in the SODO area. A car traveling north on E Marginal Way South crossed the centerline, colliding with a south-bound car. Three people were transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The location and seriousness of the collision necessitated the closure of SR-99. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded and is leading the ongoing investigation.

Around 7:30 pm SR-99 was reopened for traffic. The closure in combination with the weekday commute and a baseball game led difficult traffic throughout the city.

Temporary Construction Transit Reroute

From Sunday afternoon, June 1 at 1:00 PM until about 12:00 midnight, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47, 49 & ST 522 will be rerouted off of Pike St between 4th Av and 5th Av, due to construction.

During this time, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47 & ST 522 heading toward destinations away from the downtown area will use the stop eastbound on Pike St just west of 6th Av and to their regular route.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47, 49 & ST 522 are not affected.

The Color Run

When: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 7am – 12:30pm
Where: Seattle Center and City Streets

On Sunday, May 11, from 7:30 AM until about 6:00 PM, the lower Queen Anne and Bell Town areas, and along 2nd Av from Denny Way to Seneca St in downtown Seattle, will be affected by street closures and traffic congestion associated with The Color Run.

During this event, Metro and Sound Transit service will be rerouted, and will travel instead via alternate nearby streets, depending on the route, destination and direction of travel.

Metro routes 4, 8, 10, 11, 43 & 47,and Sound Transit routes ST 522 & ST 554 will be affected by the event.

Birth of Buddha Parade

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9 – 11:30am
Where: International District – Hing Hay Park

Assembly at Hing Hay Park, Procession east on King St, north on 12th Ave, east on Jackson St, end at 23rd Ave S

On Saturday, May 10 from approximately 9:00 AM until about 11:30 AM, S Jackson St will be affected by street closures and traffic congestions associated with the Birth of Buddha Parade.

During this event, Metro routes 8 & 14 will be rerouted, and will travel instead via alternate nearby streets, depending on the route, destination and direction of travel.

Routes 7, 36, 60 and 99 will travel their regular routes, but may experience brief delays during the parade.

Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk

The 2012 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk will be held this Saturday, October 20th, from 7:30 through 11am at the Seattle Center.

Metro Routes 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 43, 47, 120, 125, & Sound Transit Routes ST 522, & ST 554 will be rerouted from 8am until 11am near north Downtown Seattle & the Seattle Center area due to street closures and traffic congestion.

Walk will start and finish at the Seattle Center. Portions of streets near the Seattle Center Campus, and 2nd Avenue through Belltown will be closed to vehicles as part of the walk route.

For more information, visit: http://kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1001672&ccp=102823

Funeral March for the Ride Free Area

Ride Free Area Ends

Ride Free Area Ends

This Friday, September 28th is the last day of free rides downtown. A funeral march will be held to commemorate and protest the elimination of the Ride Free Area.

3:00 pm: Rally at Westlake Park
3:30 pm: March down 3rd Avenue sidewalk to the County Courthouse
4:30 pm: Petition delivery and march back up 3rd Avenue

For more information, visit: http://transitriders.org/2012/09/11/funeral-march-for-the-ride-free-area/

Petition to Save the Ride Free Area: http://transitriders.org/rfa_petition/

Pioneer Square Lane Closures on Saturday

First Avenue South will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Saturday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the Pioneer Square area. The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry section will set up traffic control to allow volunteers to safely perform landscaping work in the street median. The lanes will be closed from Cherry Street to Railroad Way South.

City of Seattle and Sound Transit Break Ground on the First Hill Streetcar

Today the City of Seattle and Sound Transit, joined by community members from across the city, broke ground on Seattle’s newest streetcar line – the First Hill Streetcar. To be constructed by the City with funding provided by Sound Transit, the streetcar line will allow riders to easily travel between neighborhoods on Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, the Central Area, the Chinatown/International District and Pioneer Square, and better access Link Light rail service. The First Hill Streetcar will be operational by the spring of 2014, connecting thousands of riders daily with the places they live, work and socialize.

“Today’s groundbreaking is an important step in the recent momentum to expand rail in our city,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Our updated Transit Master Plan shows that we need to do better to connect Seattle’s neighborhoods with high quality transit. And we are doing just that with projects like the First Hill Streetcar and planning to connect our streetcars through Downtown. I thank Sound Transit and City staff for all of their work, and the public for their vision when they voted to approve the Sound Transit 2 measure that makes these projects possible.”

Mayor McGinn, who serves on the Sound Transit Board, was joined by fellow Board members, members of the Seattle City Council and local community leaders in kicking off the construction. The groundbreaking took place at the site of a future streetcar station that will serve Seattle University, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center and the growing First Hill residential neighborhood. The stop will be one of 10 stations along a 2.5-mile route that will serve employment centers, educational institutions, entertainment and sports venues, and residential neighborhoods while enhancing access to regional rail service like Link Light rail and Sounder trains.

“The First Hill streetcar will be an important part of our regional transit system, connecting people who live and work throughout King County with outstanding institutions of healthcare and higher education,” said Sound Transit Board member and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “This line will also provide the foundation for future growth at Yesler Terrace and south Broadway.”

The First Hill Streetcar will connect the current Link Light rail station in the Chinatown/International District with the future rail station on Capitol Hill. The line is being built by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in partnership with Sound Transit. Sound Transit had initially planned an underground light rail stop on First Hill but abandoned the idea because of costs and risks associated with a deep station.

“From the moment we concluded building a deep-mined light rail station on First Hill was too risky, I strongly advocated for this streetcar line as a way to provide vital access to and from a regional light rail system that will stretch more than 50 miles by 2023,” said Sound Transit Board member and King County Council member Larry Phillips. “We made the First Hill Streetcar a top priority in shaping the Sound Transit 2 Plan, and today I couldn’t be more thrilled that we are about to watch our dream become a reality.”

The line will be constructed by Stacy and Witbeck, the firm that previously built the City’s South Lake Union line, and is estimated to cost $132.8 million.

“Many residents and business owners along the streetcar line, from Pioneer Square to Broadway, have told me that they are eager for operations to begin,” stated Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. “The streetcar is intended to improve transportation and to attract people to visit and shop in our neighborhood business districts.”

Once operational, approximately 3,000 riders each day are expected to use the First Hill line. It will provide service from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays/holidays, running with 10-minute headways during peak/daytime hours. A trip from Pioneer Square to the future Link Light rail station on Capitol Hill is anticipated to take just under 20 minutes.

“For 101 years now, Swedish has recognized the importance of accessible transportation options for our employees, patients and their health,” said Dan Dixon, Vice President of External Affairs, Swedish Health Services. “The First Hill Streetcar is a brilliant continuance of creative transportation for our city. Elegant, quiet, environmentally friendly – we believe that all of us on First Hill will benefit for a generation from this mass-transit addition to our neighborhood.”

The line’s six streetcar vehicles will be made through a partnership between Inekon, a Czech Republic firm, and Pacifica, a Seattle-based manufacturing firm. With Pacifica assembling the vehicles locally, this partnership will provide approximately 20 living-wage manufacturing jobs in Seattle for this project. It also creates the opportunity for streetcar assembly in Seattle for other agencies nationwide, which could provide additional local jobs.

A facility for storing, cleaning and maintaining First Hill Streetcar vehicles will be located at the City of Seattle’s Charles Street yard at Seventh Avenue S and S Charles Street. The facility will serve as the center for First Hill streetcar operations with reporting, dispatch, streetcar maintenance, system maintenance and administration. Construction of the facility will begin in May 2012.

For more information about the First Hill Streetcar, visit the project website at http://www.seattlestreetcar.org.

High Capacity Transit from Ballard to Downtown

Seattle’s elected leaders welcomed the Sound Transit board’s vote today approving an amendment to their 2012 budget to include $2 million to study of high-capacity transit from Ballard to downtown. Funding to study this corridor was included in the Sound Transit 2 package approved by voters in 2008. This agreement would accelerate that work by several years.

Sound Transit and the city of Seattle will work early next year to craft an inter-local agreement before the planning work begins using these funds.

This planning money, along with a $900,000 federal grant awarded to Seattle in October and City matching funds, will allow the City and Sound Transit to conduct a detailed analysis of alignments and technologies to meet the longer-term demand for transit between some of Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods and downtown.

“This is an important step forward for expanding high capacity transit in Seattle that makes sense for our regional network. We thank the Sound Transit Board and staff for supporting efforts to accelerate planning for the Ballard-Downtown Corridor by several years,” said Mayor Mike McGinn, a Sound Transit Board Member. “With this vote behind us, we can get to work developing an inter-local agreement between Sound Transit and the city of Seattle that will ensure our joint planning effort meets both the city’s and the region’s high-capacity transit needs.”

“This is a great opportunity to collaborate with Sound Transit on our common goal to expand regional transit service,” said Council President and Sound Transit Board Member Richard Conlin. “In this era of shrinking budgets, pooling our resources and expertise is a smarter and more efficient way of delivering on that vision.”

“As we look toward to the future and efforts to connect light rail to Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, we can begin considering how to connect the substantial and growing transit market in Ballard and northwest Seattle to our regional transit system,” said King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Board Member Larry Phillips. “This work lets eager transit riders in Seattle know we’re planning for their future, while assuring our regional partners that we’re committed to building out the light rail spine through the three-county region.”

The Downtown to Ballard corridor was highlighted in both the Seattle Streetcar Study in 2008 and the Sound Transit Long Range Plan in 2005. The corridor also ranked highly in the City’s recently completed Transit Master Plan, which indicated rail could carry as many as 26,000 riders in 2030.

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