Bulletin: Ferry District plan passes

November 13, 2007 at 10:15 am | In Elliott Bay Water Taxi, Transportation, West Seattle politics | 4 Comments

8-1 in favor (King County Councilmembers sitting as King County Ferry District), only no vote was Reagan Dunn. Missed part of the discussion so checking to see what changes if any were included in the approved plan, which is FD2007-06.1, with Title Amendment T. Lots of happy talk about transportation in King County now going “back to the future,” with a modern-day version of the fabled Mosquito Fleet. West Seattle’s Councilmember Dow Constantine talked about how the Mosquito Fleet was swept away by the automobile, but now, “those automobiles are sitting in gridlock and we don’t have a lot of choices about how to get from place to place” — this is a step toward more options; it includes demonstration routes elsewhere on Puget Sound and Lake Washington, in addition to the Elliott Bay Water Taxi and county operation of the Vashon-Seattle passenger ferry that the state has to give up. More details in a bit.

4 Comments

  1. It’s so wonderful to see us going back 100 years to re-build the mosquito fleet and streetcars in this city, instead of looking forward to more modern types of transit.

    So much for the dreams of the Century 21 Expo, which we STILL haven’t learned from 40+ years later!

    *SIGH*

    Comment by Mickymse — 4:44 pm November 13, 2007 #

  2. At least the Mosquito Fleet carried it’s own weight and didn’t require another tax. Where will it end?

    Comment by marty — 7:59 pm November 13, 2007 #

  3. The Mosquito Fleet and streetcars didn’t disappear because they weren’t good ideas. They disappeared because of the love affair with the automobile. Now we have far too many cars for the space we have for them. Time to look at other alternatives.

    I am all in favor of all kinds of transit. The solutions for our region will require many different modes. The tax is minimal and everyone in West Seattle benefits from taking cars off the bridge.

    Comment by westwood — 10:01 pm November 13, 2007 #

  4. it’s honestly a pretty eeney tax.
    and if it improves bus service on that stretch of Harbor as a “ripple effect” from the water taxi i am all for ir.

    Comment by willamina c. — 11:23 pm November 13, 2007 #

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