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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Time Machine

posted by on January 15 at 9:53 AM

Last night at 11:00 I got the following confusing press release. At first I thought it was a mistake. But no: Apparently, the Seattle Monorail Project board has been limping along, trying to clear up unfinished business, for all these months:

[UPDATE: I just got a call from Jonathan Buchter, the SMP’s finance director, who says the reason the agency didn’t just disband a year ago is several lawsuits against it were still pending. The last one was just dismissed; hence the final FINAL meeting.]

Public Meeting Notice

Below is the agenda for the Seattle Monorail Project’s Board meeting, scheduled at a special date and time. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Conference Center, the Securities Building, 4th Avenue entrance, 1913 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

The Board meeting will begin at 5:30 pm.

Thank you –

Seattle Monorail Project
Meeting of Board of Directors
Special Date and Time

Meeting Date: January 17, 2008
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Conference Center
The Securities Building, 4th Avenue entrance
1913 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

The Seattle Popular Monorail Authority (The “Seattle Monorail Project”) is charged with the authority to build, own, operate and maintain a Citywide Monorail System as called for in the Seattle Popular Monorail Plan that was adopted by the Elevated Transportation Company on August 5, 2002 and ratified by Seattle Voters on November 5, 2002 pursuant to Seattle Citizen Petition/Proposition No. 1.

Call to Order

Public Comment

Report on the Last 13 Months

Audit and Financial Report: (includes report on 2007 Financial Statements and Audit of Liquidation Period)


Adoption of Minutes
November30, 2006

Discussion and Vote
Resolution No. 08-01
Authorizing the Transfer of Remaining Assets and the Execution of an Asset Transfer and Trust Agreement

Discussion and Vote
Resolution No. 08-02
Authorizing the Dissolution and Termination of the Seattle Monorail Project

Public Comment (Please sign in prior to or during the meeting to be called to speak for this comment period.)


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I thought we had that abortion with the monorail already. SOMEONE flush the damn fetus down the toilet already!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 15, 2008 10:13 AM

This is kinda like having an ex who things end poorly with, and you never want to see again, but he just won't go away after you break up.

Posted by Mickymse | January 15, 2008 10:58 AM

Also on the agenda: your stuff in a box for you to pick up.

Posted by Greg | January 15, 2008 11:02 AM

I remember how the 520 bridge was going to be replaced with an 8-lane bridge and the Viaduct was going to be replaced ...

Oh, wait, those didn't happen either.

Compared to those monsters, the SMP was pretty efficient ... and would have been a lot cheaper.

Thanks, Greg!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 11:20 AM

Will, you're so dumb.

They had a design for a monorail that narrowed to one railway line at a time, and a switching technology where the switches were 150 feet long and took 2 minutes to switch.

THat shit could never have been built. It was insanity.

Posted by Andrew | January 15, 2008 11:46 AM

The monorail project that was proposed at the end is not the monorail project that was sold to the public at the beginning.

Incompetent leadership that was unwilling/unable to address fundamental flaws in the program killed what started as a good idea.

In the end, it was too expensive, too compromised, and led by arrogant boobs.

I'd go attend the last public hearing to laugh, but I'd really rather drop a sack of burning dog shit on Joel Horn's doorstep, ring the bell and hide.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 12:25 PM

@6 - isn't that a hate crime? I mean, in Seattle, Monorail is a religion ... even if not popular today ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 15, 2008 12:31 PM

The Flying Spaghetti Monster will be providing no beer, pirates, or hookers to Tom Weeks and Joel Horn in the afterlife.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 12:52 PM

Elsewhere, over on

"Notice: This domain name expired on 01/05/08 and is pending renewal or deletion"

Posted by nbc | January 15, 2008 12:55 PM

Thank you and good night!

Posted by Grant Cogswell | January 15, 2008 1:12 PM

Seattle Popular Monorail Authority? Splitters! I'm with the People's Monorail Authority of Seattle.

Posted by K | January 15, 2008 1:37 PM

Andrew do have a link to the information about 2 minute switches?

Posted by schmidt | January 15, 2008 2:01 PM

I would have been confused, too, ECB, but I'm not a reporter. As a citizen, I simply look in the laws of the State of Washington and find that the Legislature has prescribed the method by which the Monorail Authority is to be dissolved. For a reporter such as yourself, apparently such "research" is outside the scope of duty--perhaps because "ironic blogging" takes up too much of your time.

Posted by read the damn law | January 15, 2008 3:29 PM

If you didn't spend so much time doing "research" perhaps you'd be wittier.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 3:34 PM

I think I'm going to go do some "research" now.

Posted by Greg | January 15, 2008 3:47 PM

Have fun, but remember to wipe up after yourself.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | January 15, 2008 4:41 PM

God, I miss those monorail glory days. The $100K-plus jobs. Hiring all of Paul Schell's old aides. Buying color ads in all the community newspapers to shut 'em up. Calling ourselves the People's Monorail Whatever. Building the line on budget and on time and helping people get around Seattle.

Whoops! I hallucinated that last bit.

Posted by J.R, | January 15, 2008 5:18 PM

Goddamnit, this is like rubbing salt in the wounds.

Posted by litlnemo | January 16, 2008 3:01 AM

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