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Transportation in South Downtown

Seattle's two grand train stations, King Street Station (1906), and Union Station (1911, originally the Oregon and Washington Station), sit blocks apart at what is now the south end of downtown. When they were built, they were in the commercial center of the city, running north through a tunnel that goes underground at 4th and Washington.

In the following century, we added automobile traffic, Seattle's first streetlight, buses, light rail, and streetcar, all connecting to the ever-evolving ferry system in Puget Sound. South Downtown is shaped by transportation. These studies look at new projects and evaluate older ones for future use. 

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Map below courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item 313, 1890 Anderson's map. Great Northern Railroad tunnel photo, above, taken 8/11/22 by HSD

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Transportation planning work

Jackson Hub Concept Plan

2019

Alliance for Pioneer Square & SCIDpda

CID Neighborhood Lighting Study

2018

SCIDpda

Charles Street Campus Relocation Analysis Master Plan Study

2018

SHKS Architects

Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan

2017

SDOT

One Center City Near Term Action Plan

2017

City, Metro, ST, DSA

South Jackson Street Connections Report

2016

SCIDpda & Wing Luke

Inventory of Public Benefits provided by Street and Alley Vacations

2016

SDOT

Pioneer Square Street Concept Plans, Research and Inventory

2015

Alliance for Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square Street Concept Plans

2015

International Sustainability Institute

Pioneer Square Active Streets Strategy

2013

International Sustainability Institute

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