Express your opinion on Center City Connector streetcars!

Tom Gibbs encourages everyone to take the city’s survey about the Center City Connector. It will be open through November 15, so please respond now!

Hello all,

For those of you who couldn’t attend Tuesday’s Open House on the Center City Connector, I invite you to explore this material and let the City know how important it is to include the vintage Benson cars in the fleet for this line.

The City’s Project Manager, Tony Mazzoli, specifically asked attendees to comment on the use of vintage cars on the Connector.  Several folks appended supportive notes on the board describing the  Benson cars.  If you are inclined to respond to the City, I suggest you mention the following:

  • A fully retrofitted Benson trolley will cost $2M less than a modern car.
  • Using the Benson cars to connect  the two most historically significant attractions in the city – Pioneer Square and the  Market – would be a wonderful way to demonstrate a  commitment to embracing our heritage.
  • The Benson cars will seat 50% more passengers than the modern cars in use today thus providing more comfort to the riding public.
  • If the CCC is tied to a streetcar line on the waterfront it would be possible to ride from the Olympic Sculpture park to MOHAI- a very useful and attractive element of our transportation system.

I hope you will take time to respond to the City’s request for input on the Connector and the use of the Benson Streetcars.  While I haven’t abandoned our effort to restore the Waterfront Trolley line, the CCC might be the only opportunity to see the vintage cars on our streets again.



From: Seattle Department of Transportation

Subject: Center City Connector Streetcar Survey

Center City Connector
Share your ideas for a new streetcar on 1st Ave!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our open house this past Tuesday at Pike Place Market! We heard from Mayor McGinn, and the project team shared new information about how a streetcar on 1st Avenue would perform in mixed-traffic versus its own lane.

Couldn’t make it? Or maybe you didn’t have time to fill out a comment sheet? No worries. We’d still love to hear from you.

Check out all the meeting materials online, then take this brief survey to share your feedback. The survey will be open through November 15, 2013.

Moving forward, the project team will review and consider your feedback as we develop a recommendation for a locally preferred option that we’ll present to the Mayor and City Council in late 2013/early 2014.

PS – we’ll hold off on sending another project email update for a little while. Just wanted everyone to be aware of the opportunity to review new materials and provide input. Thanks!