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Connecting trolley bus routes to light rail stations

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Proposed trolley overhead wire extensions to light rail stations

How to comment

The comment period was over April 13, 2007.

To learn more about the proposal and/or give us your feedback:

Attend a public open house and share comments and ideas with King County Metro Transit staff:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Rainier Community Center, multi-purpose room
    4600 38th Avenue S., Seattle
  • Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    NewHolly Gathering Hall
    7054 32nd Avenue S., Seattle

King County Metro Transit is planning to build extensions to the electric trolley bus overhead wire network in Rainier Valley. These extensions will allow trolley buses from Southeast Seattle neighborhoods to serve three stations along Sound Transit’s Link light rail line, which is under construction. The proposed extensions will require some new poles along neighborhood rights-of-way, but existing poles will be used whenever possible to minimize the visual impact. Metro Transit is holding two open houses on April 4 and 5 to receive public comments about impacts of the proposed extensions on the neighborhoods.

The connections are planned for the following Link stations:

The extensions would be built in several phases before and after the start-up of Link light rail service, which is planned for 2009. The Mount Baker/McClellan and Othello Street station overhead wire extensions would be designed in 2007 and built in 2008. The Rainier Beach/Henderson Street Station extension may be built some time in the future. Construction activities would include placing pole foundations, erecting poles, and stringing trolley wire. The Othello Street project would require an underground, concrete-encased electrical duct that would connect the new trolley wire extension to the existing substation.

Public involvement

Before starting on the final design of the trolley overhead extensions, Metro Transit is collecting comments on the extensions from residents in the affected areas and from transit riders in the local community. These comments will be considered as we develop the final design of the trolley overhead wire. Details about the trolley overhead extensions and the construction schedule will be mailed to area residents after they have been finalized.

Metro Transit will hold two open houses to get public comments specifically on the proposed wire extensions. Since each of the trolley overhead extensions could be used in different ways by trolley bus routes to serve the Link light rail stations, planning and public outreach for actual trolley service on the extensions is scheduled to begin in late summer 2008. Alternatives for changing trolley bus routes 7, 14, and 36 to serve the Link stations will be open to public review and subject to action by the King County Council.

Proposed extensions

Mount Baker/McClellan Street Link Station

Mount Baker/McClellan Street Link Station map
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New trolley overhead wire extensions would be built for one-third of a mile along S. McClellan Street between Rainier Avenue S. and 31st Avenue S., along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. between S. McClellan Street and the entrance to the off-street bus facility serving Mt. Baker/McClellan Street Link Station. Wire would also be added through the off-street bus facility itself. The overhead wire would allow Route 14 either to operate through the off-street bus facility on its way to or from the Mount Baker neighborhood or to terminate at the off-street bus extendedfacility if other service were routed to serve Mount Baker.

Othello Street Link Station

Othello Street map
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Just over a mile of new trolley overhead wire would be built along S. Myrtle Street, S. Myrtle Place and S. Othello Street. The proposal calls for new wire to be added between Beacon Avenue S. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., along 38th Avenue S. between S. Othello Street and S. Myrtle Street, along S. Myrtle Street between 38th Avenue S. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., and along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. between S. Myrtle Street and S. Othello Street. The overhead wire would allow Route 36 trolley trips to be extended from the existing terminal at Beacon Avenue S. and S. Myrtle Street to a new terminal at 38th Avenue S. and S. Myrtle Street. No new electrical substations would be needed, but this project would require an underground, concrete-encased electrical duct that would connect the new trolley wire extension to the existing substation. The underground duct bank would be built in the general area between S. Webster and S. Myrtle Streets.

Rainier Beach/Henderson Street Link Station

Rainier Beach/Henderson Street map
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New trolley overhead wire might be built for nearly two-thirds of a mile along S. Henderson Street between Rainier Avenue S. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., along Martin Luther King Jr. Way between S. Henderson Street and S. Trenton Street, along S. Trenton Street and Renton Avenue S., and along Renton Avenue S. between S. Trenton Street and S. Henderson Street. The overhead wire would allow some trips on Route 7 to be extended from Rainier Avenue S. and S. Henderson Street to a new terminal on S. Henderson Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.

March 23, 2007