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    First Hill Streetcar Construction Open Houses

    SEATTLE —The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting two open houses for the public to learn about the upcoming construction of the First Hill Streetcar project. Construction on the much anticipated project begins in April. The open houses will be an opportunity to find out about construction impacts; how to stay informed of project progress; meet the project team; and learn about the route and stop locations. Both meetings will be open house format Please feel free to drop in at any time. No formal presentation will be given on either date.

    The first open house will be held Wednesday, February 28, 5 – 8 p.m., at Union Station’s Ruth Fisher Boardroom. Union Station is located at 401 South Jackson Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. The location is transit accessible, and on- and off-street parking is available nearby.

    The second open house will be held Wednesday, March 7, 4 – 7 p.m. in the Silver Cloud Hotel’s Broadway Room. The Silver Cloud Hotel is located at 1100 Broadway between East Madison Street and East Union Street. The location is transit accessible and on- and off-street parking is available nearby. There is also limited free parking at the Silver Cloud Hotel.

    The First Hill Streetcar Line will be an important link to the regional transit system. It will connect the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, First Hill, Yesler Terrace, the Central Area, Chinatown International District, and Pioneer Square and serve major employment centers (Harborview, Swedish, and Virginia Mason medical centers) , institutions of higher education (Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University) and sporting venues (CenturyLink and Safeco fields).

    The City of Seattle is developing the First Hill Streetcar through a partnership with Sound Transit, with funding provided through the 2008 voter approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2) transit expansion plan.

    For further information, visit the project Website at www.seattlestreetcar.org/

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