Extra Fizz: Monorail Edition

By Erica C. Barnett March 26, 2012

Yes, you read  that right. Elizabeth Campbell, the Magnolia neighborhood activist, tunnel opponent, and onetime mayoral candidate, is launching a campaign to build a new monorail from Ballard to West Seattle.

In a statement this morning, Campbell said she would be seeking about 3,600 signatures to create a local transportation authority to fund a monorail line from Ballard to downtown to West Seattle, roughly along the same lines as the failed Seattle Monorail Project.

Campbell said her group, the Century Transportation Authority, will "capitalize on the prior planning, design, and engineering work that was completed for the Seattle Popular Monorail project."

Nine of 15 board positions are currently open. One of the six current board members, Paul Toliver, was a member of the Seattle Monorail Project board.

The  Seattle Monorail Project went out of business in 2005, thanks to a financing plan that overestimated the project's financing base by one-third.
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