Well it looks like the anti- camp has been just strong enough and unless something happens to stop the process, we could be voting on a new (shudder along with me, kids) initiative that would kill the monorail project. Maybe. They’re not entirely sure what with the endless cycles of suits and countersuits.
Which brings up a very important question:
Do you even know what to think about the monorail anymore?
I moved here shortly after the first vote and since then I’ve found myself absolutely overwhelmed by the spiels from both sides of the debate. Better still is having both of the weeklies and both of the newspapers pointing to every monorail-related event anywhere in the country pointing it out as evidence that they’re right.
The Las Vegas monorail? Why it’s proof that a metropolitan monorail can be opened… except that they built that one in the middle of a desert and didn’t have to contend with hills, bridges, rivers and etcetera.
The monorail that caught fire here? It’s proof that a monorail is a losing proposition… except it demonstrates that it’s become an arterial and that we can build it better next time.
I’m beginning to think that both sides are playing this so that it becomes like the ending to the 2000 election, building the momentum of opinions up to such a feverish pitch that finally everyone in the city starts shrugging and whining “OK, fine, just pick something already! I don’t care anymore!” You can see it happening, can’t you? Finally the population sags, succumbing to outrage fatigue, satisfied that even if it’s not the outcome they were rooting for, at least it’s an outcome?
So do you know what to think anymore? Beyond the vague (but serious) truth that Seattle could do with some better public transportation options out there, how the heck are you making up your mind?

3 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 11:28 am

    as far as I’m concerned, it’s another argument against direct democracy. We’ve voted on the monorail three times. My instincts tell me that after this initiative fails, someone will try to get us to vote on the issue a fifth time.
    Actually, I’m hoping that one of the legal challenges blocks this from even going to the ballot.
    More than that, this whole ordeal leaves me feeling rather pessimistic about the future of a complete elevated transit plan. The green line was meant to be the first stage in a network. If there is this much opposition to a single line, I can’t imagine how it will be possible to extend the system to the rest of the city.

  2. Manuel (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2004 @ 1:10 am

    I still think it’s a good way of moving people around the city. It was never meant to be a solution for getting people to stop driving. It is not a solution for I-5 traffic or eastside traffic. (If the WSDOT and voters want to add a bazillion lanes until it looks like LA and it’s still jam-packed every Friday, fine, just don’t deny us non-drivers good transportation options.)
    Simply put, the monorail is a system for moving people. That’s ALL it is. I want a way to get around the city that is fast, reliable, on time, and doesn’t use the streets. I have always simplified it this way and continue to.
    The financial issues are too complex for me. It seems if there’s going to be big problems it’s going to be in that area.

  3. Jeff (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    The monorail was a complete waste. We spent millions of dollars on a project that inevitably went nowhere. We tried to complicate it too much and we overthought it. Sound Transit can build light rail to the airport and Seattle City Council can’t adequately project a monorail. I think it all fell apart when people got bogged down in discussions on how it should look and how the stations should be created to reflect the neighborhoods. Give us a subway. It ain’t pretty but it works.

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