Center City Connector

Leading the effort to connect our downtown neighborhoods with a new streetcar line on First Avenue

Seattle has two streetcar lines that are fully integrated into the ORCA card system, but remain disconnected to our center city. As a member of the Seattle Streetcar Coalition, DSA has led the effort to ensure completion of the Center City Connector. Initially approved by Seattle City Council in 2014, this new streetcar line will connect Chinatown-ID and Pioneer Square to the Pike Place Market and South Lake Union. When complete, streetcars will arrive every five minutes and travel in a dedicated lane along First Avenue. The Seattle Streetcar Coalition is a group of more than 100 member organizations that support the development of an expanded and highly functional streetcar network in our center city.

After pausing the project in 2018, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Jan. 17, 2019 that the Center City Connector will move forward. On August 12, through the coalition’s advocacy with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and at city hall, the city council voted to continue funding design and engineering work on the project. DSA firmly believes the Center City Connector is essential, given record jobs, visitors and residential growth in downtown. The project has broad public support and we look forward to working with the Mayor and SDOT to secure all remaining funding.

For more information, visit the project website or contact Don Blakeney at