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Old February 18th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Monorail Discussion

I've always wondered how much would it cost to add a mid-point station.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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It's a tourist trap not public transit.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #3
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How about a subway extension through Belltown, with a stop in Belltown, on its way north through Queen Anne and Interbay to Ballard? I like that idea.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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How about a subway extension through Belltown, with a stop in Belltown, on its way north through Queen Anne and Interbay to Ballard? I like that idea.
You mean like this?
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Old February 20th, 2012, 07:14 AM   #5
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I like it, but it could have more origin stations, not mostly destinations. Interbay should have two stations to accommodate the two main Magnolia exit points. Ballard can justify stations at maybe Market (south of), 65th (north of), and 80th at least. Also, Belltown might deserve two stations as a "downtown" area, particularly as it grows.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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Can we move the bulk of that conversation to the appropriate thread so as to avoid ANOTHER thread turning into a public transit discussion, particularly when it has no actual connection to the project at all?
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Old February 20th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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True; Bond, can you move the appropriate posts?

For the record, LCIII: I know the Monorail is a tourist feature, but it has its uses; it is the best way to get to the Seattle Center from downtown currently.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 04:52 PM   #8
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True; Bond, can you move the appropriate posts?

For the record, LCIII: I know the Monorail is a tourist feature, but it has its uses; it is the best way to get to the Seattle Center from downtown currently.
I kind of agree... it's already there, and I could see it being useful for someone that works downtown and lives in LQA or something to use. A stop midway for Belltown residents would have been kind of cool.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 08:19 PM   #9
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I kind of agree... it's already there, and I could see it being useful for someone that works downtown and lives in LQA or something to use. A stop midway for Belltown residents would have been kind of cool.
Used it all the time when I lived in LQA to get downtown. Faster and more reliable than the bus.

Tho I did get tired of people asking "is this the westlake stop?"....

No... its the next one...
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What they need is a hedge fund manager who's a monorail fan and can put their own money and their friend's money in a take-over. Then their tasks should be:

1) re un-pinch the pinch at Westlake
2) build real platform station somewhere in that area
3) extend guide-way north to Crown Hill, perhaps skirting the Seattle Center
4) extend guide-way south to Georgetown/Boeing.
5) get new trains.
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Old February 24th, 2012, 05:01 AM   #11
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Old February 24th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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It would be awesome to see monorail to be extended to north/south. I think we should do baby steps such as adding station in Belltown and extend it to Lower Queen Anne (Kidd Valley parking lot could become monorail station) and then extend it again to Pike Place Market/ferry terminal area or stadium district. I think it would get more public supports after we do with baby steps because they will get to see how useful monorail can be.
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Old February 24th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #13
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But it would cost so much money and the city just doesn't have it. They've already committed to other projects like the Link and the 99 tunnel. They have to see those through before anyone could seriously begin to even look at something like this.
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Old February 24th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #14
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I wonder if this could be done privately. The Monorail is one of the few transit systems in the US (world?) that operates at a profit. If the city lets them use it's right-of-way, and add some advertising, maybe the numbers would work out for expansion. They'd have to raise their rates from $1.50 a ticket, but it might be worth it if the thing actually went somewhere.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 12:17 PM   #15
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Blurry attempt at a night shot from the monorail.

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From the Seattle Monorail by mSeattle, on Flickr
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Old February 27th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #16
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Does anyone know what the zoning is for the block in that picture? That hideous Bank of America building is beyond ready to die. I wish it would be torn down and some kind of residential over retail space project was built in it's place.
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