Seattle Streetcar: City Center Connector

Seattle Streetcar: City Center Connector

This segment of the Center City Connector streetcar passes through the historical districts of Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. GGN’s approach to this project recognizes that in recent decades, North American streetcar systems have often been implemented as themed corridors that connect points along a route and impose the branded identity of the transit system. That strategy would risk diluting and undermining the existing character of the very neighborhoods we seek to connect.

Therefore, in rethinking how to reinsert streetcars into Seattle’s existing urban fabric, the Center City Connector project proposes to quietly integrate the streetcar infrastructure into a series of distinct streets, while reinforcing each neighborhood’s unique identity.



Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 20 city blocks
Client: Seattle Department of Transportation
Completion Date: 2018

Project Team

Parsons Transportation Group, Lead Engineer
Chudgar Engineering, Structural Engineer
GGN, Urban Designer, Landscape Architect
Harrison Design Group, Arborist
HDR, Track Engineering
Perteet, Civil Engineer
Ron Wright Associates, Historic Consultant
Shannon & Wilson, Geotech

Services Provided

Urban Design, Schematic Design – Construction Administration


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