The Seattle Monorail Project is desperately attempting to find a way to keep the Green Line alive.
Many ideas are being put forth by die-hard advocates to resurrect the financially troubled project. Most ideas are based on reducing scope or phasing the Green Line. None are legal!
In November 2002, Seattle voters barely approved (by a 0.5 percent margin) a single phase, 19-station route, with twin guideways from Ballard to West Seattle with a four minute headway between trains at peak hours, and at a cost of $1.75 billion.
The Associated General Contractors said it all in a recent flyer.
"I don't want to create or preserve thousands of jobs, including my own.
"I support neglect of our state's bridges and roads.
"Our roads will fix themselves.
"That is what your signature on I-912 means."
The contractors are absolutely correct.
As a two-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin said his leadership in the past eight years to bring community concerns and plans through council approval is part of what drives his confidence in his re-election campaign.
Having the ability to go into any community and point out my hand in many of their accomplishments with community goals makes me a difficult candidate to beat, he said.
As chair of the Councils Transportation Committee, Conlin said his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing tran
What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?
The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.
A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.
First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said his success in getting legislation passed and his ability to go into any neighborhood and point his accomplishments is what makes him feel he is ready for a third term.
As chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, Conlin says his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing transportation issues and setbacks, and road, street and bridge repairs, both regionally and locally.
He is a member of a regional committee that has been lobbying for legislation to provide adequate money fo
It is amazing how the downtown media are able to forget that the people of Seattle voted four times to create and build a monorail. Columnist after columnist has declared the whole idea of a monorail dead and buried. The P-I said on Monday that what the Seattle Monorail Project needs now is not a new executive director, but an undertaker.
It seems that in the plush environs of the daily media the only ideas worth supporting come from their own scribes or from the hordes of professional transportation planners.
(Editor's Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to the board of directors of the monorail project.)
In the past, I have been a strong supporter of the monorail project. However, I find my support for the monorail waning, as is true for so many in Seattle.
I am disturbed by the proposed financing of the project. To pay for the construction of the monorail, debt service on the construction cost may have ballooned to as much as $11 billion to be paid perhaps as long as 45 years.
In response to your quote from Gary Dawson (Herald, July 13) that the traffic from Fauntleroy has an impact on West Seattle, I would point out there is also a great deal of commerce and inter-dependence between Vashon and West Seattle.
This was demonstrated in our Community Council's survey of Vashon businesses and services last year, which was taken into consideration during the ferry system's planning. Under the long-range plan, if Southworth car traffic is re-directed to downtown Seattle, the total traffic through Fauntleroy will be less than current levels, even out to 2030.
When it comes to summertime, West Seattleites live for the weekend. And while many may try to get their chores and duties of domesticity done during the week in order free up their Saturdays and Sundays for fun and sun, now there's a reason to save your shopping for the weekend and combine it with a day at the beach.
Introducing Alki Open Market.
Just steps away from the mile-plus stretch of sand, south of Coastal Surf Boutique, the Alki Beach Open Market is a fun way to spend a weekend day shopping without crossing the bridge to Pike Place.
From 9 a.m.