If you haven’t checked recently, our Twitter feed has been relaunched, so that it’s no longer just an announcement of each post on the blog. Today, especially, it’ll be hopping.
Today is for Jim Ellis, who’s been fighting for this day longer than anyone else.
It’s for all the tourists who have shown up at the airport and wondered where the train was.
It’s for baseball fans who found the bus schedule useless in post-game congestion.
It’s for anyone who’s sat on the 7, 36, or 42, slogging up the Rainier Valley.
It’s for ST CEO Joni Earl, who saved this train from oblivion.
It’s for Patty Murray, Greg Nickels, Ron Sims, and all the other politicians that made it happen.
It’s for anyone with a stroller or wheelchair that had to struggle with the bus lift.
It’s for revelers who’ve had to leave something early because that’s when the last bus left.
It’s for millions of Puget Sound voters who finally did the right thing.
It’s for my son and Andrew’s daughter, who will always have a fast, safe, and reliable way to get around.
Commenter Lloyd has a few others who deserve recognition:
Former Capitol Hill pharmacist and City Council Member George Benson would have loved being with us – I’ll never for get his ear-to ear grin the day the Waterfront Streetcar opened lo these decades ago.
Less well known, but equally important would be former postman, historian and photographer Warren Wing who, in about a half dozen books published in the 1980s and 1990s, reminded us in text and photographs of the trains, streetcars and rights of way we lost from the 1930s through the 1970s. I last saw him at the opening of the Kent Sounder station in 2001 – he looked as proud as could be that local passenger trains were again serving the route of his beloved Seattle to Tacoma Interurban, albeit on a slightly different route and reduced timetable.
Enjoy the ride, George and Warren!
Another person to note would be Walter Shannon, the last surviving motorman on the Everett-Seattle Interurban. It was a shame that he recently passed and couldn’t be here. I remember meeting him at Sounder’s first day on the North Line.
I think he would have been one of the happiest people on earth this weekend.
Add your dedications in the comments.