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- Our current little monorail, a leftover World's Fair attraction.
Magnolia activist Elizabeth Campbell and her allies collected more than the 4,582 signatures required to put the issue on the ballot, after two years of off-and-on signature gathering...
If voters approve Proposition 2, it would create the Century Transportation Authority, a new government entity run by an independent board of directors with the power to place taxpayers on the hook for bond debt.
The measure also imposes a $5 annual citywide car-tab fee on vehicles at least 1 year old, raising an estimated $2 million a year.
The money would be spent writing plans and environmental reports for an approximately 16-mile line connecting Ballard, the waterfront and West Seattle as far south as Westwood. Construction, pegged at $2.4 billion, would require a follow-up tax measure.
The proposition also envisions a separate gondola-like system to carry people along a loop between downtown and a waterfront monorail stop.
Note, if you're not reading carefully: This measure funds planning, not an actual monorail. Taxes for a building phase would come later and require another vote. Due to a state law regarding city transportation districts, Campbell only needed to get signatures from 1 percent of the city's registered voters, an easy feat that apparently took her about two years of sleeper-campaigning to lock down.
Connecting outlying neighborhoods like Ballard and West Seattle with the rest of the city is an ongoing transit discussion, as it should be; Sound Transit has been studying potential Ballard light rail recently, and, of course, Seattle Subway is still around ('member them?), with a dreamy map that links outer neighborhoods into a main subway system.failed at building a monorail, taxpayers lost over a hundred million dollars.) So hey, there, Seattle!!! Are y'all SO EXCITED for another mass transit option? Or are you having the most intense, annoying déjà vu?
I think this calls for a legally binding Slog poll, my friends.