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March 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Tunnel-fighter Elizabeth Campbell seeks to revive west side monorail

Riding the coattails of Elvis and Dick Falkenbury, tunnel opponent Elizabeth Campbell chose the Seattle Center Monorail’s 50th anniversary fete last weekend to promote a pro-monorail petition drive.

Her Century Transportation Authority would revive the west side route from Ballard to downtown to West Seattle that the Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) tried to build in 2005. The SMP disbanded when a severe shortage in car-tax income undermined its already tenuous political support, after spending $124 million on planning, engineering and promotion.

Campbell announced the group would gather at least 3,600 signatures to reach a citywide ballot this year. A line would cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion for 16 miles, and run partly in Alaskan Way Viaduct right-of-way that would become vacant in 2016 when Highway 99 moves into a tunnel, the group’s statement says.

The six-member board includes Paul Toliver, a former SMP board member and former head of the King County Department of Transportation.

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