- Briefing Room
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||
City of Seattle
|Value Capture Techniques||Local Improvement Districts|
The South Lake Union (SLU) Streetcar project is a 2.6-mile modern streetcar line connecting the South Lake Union area to Downtown Seattle, Washington. The project scope included three vehicles, 11 stops, and construction of a maintenance facility. The SLU Streetcar connects Downtown Seattle to important regional activity centers, including a 12-acre waterfront park, Denny Triangle, and South Lake Union, and provides direct connections to other transit services including King County Metro buses, Sound Transit regional buses and light rail, and the Seattle Monorail. The project opened to revenue service in 2007.
The SLU Streetcar was backed by the strong political and financial support of businesses and property owners, including the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen. Forming the centerpiece an innovative funding package, local businesses and property owners within approximately five blocks of the streetcar line agreed to establish a special property tax levy through the formation of a Local Improvement District (LID). The LID was approved by 98 percent of district property owners and was divided into parcels based on proximity to the SLU Streetcar alignment. Property tax rates ranged from 8 percent for parcels located directly near the alignment to 1 percent for parcels located along the outer boundary of the LID.In 2008, the Seattle City Council approved a regional streetcar network, including four additional lines in Downtown Seattle; a second streetcar line, the First Hill Streetcar, opened to revenue service in 2016. The 10-stop, 2.5 mile route connects the residential neighborhoods and business districts of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, Central Area, Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square.
SLU Streetcar - $53.5 million
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||
GC/CM (General Contractor/Construction Manager)
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
Stacy and Witbeck (GC/CM)
|Duration / Status||
Opened to revenue service in 2007
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