I just happened upon the greatest tool ever for transit geeks: Wayfaring.com. Point and click routes over a Google Maps base. I spent an hour whipping up a vision of THE FUTURE!!!
-Leverages existing infrastructure (only 4 new blocks of track between South Lake Union and SODO)
-Adds transit capacity to Ballard & West Seattle, mitigates Viaduct closures.
-Reasonably rapid. Has own right-of-way along Westlake, operates on Link tracks from Convention Place to SODO, runs in median on Spokane.
-Would use dual voltage trams, which can operate on the 1600v Link system and the 700v streetcar/trolley system. These are already in use in Europe.
And yes, this is largely a rehash of earlier posts. The only real brainstorm is in building a short track to connect the Ballard line with the West Seattle line. But that creates the ‘X’ of transit Seattle has been dreaming about since Dick Falkenbury put sharpie to napkin. Let’s try to get something like this done soon whatever happens with the Viaduct. Whether construction mitigation or mitigation for permanent lower capacity, it’s long overdue.