There was a great article in CityLab last week about Washington DC’s Georgetown and how it would be a great idea to add a gondola. Comparing it to a streetcar:
“For half the price [of a streetcar line], a gondola running down K Street could serve seven times the capacity. A gondola could deliver people at twice the speed at rush hour. It could be built in a fraction of the time.”
Which sparked an idea to bring a gondola to our Georgetown in this Washington. The Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle is a bit rough, but has many of the right components for a walkable center – small slow crocked streets, retail with narrow storefronts, a community college, breweries, interesting historic sites, and a chocolate factory.
So here’s the idea. Run a gondola from Georgetown to Othello Station, with a stop at the main entrance to Boeing Field and a stop at Van Asselt Community Center on top of Beacon Hill. This would give our city easier access to Georgetown, it would connect Boeing Field with Seatac by transit, and would give Beacon Hill residents a new route down to Link.
This of course is just one of many east<–>west connections we can make in Seattle that could make sense.
(FYI: 12mph at 1.8 miles that’s a 9 minute trip end to end, maybe with another 3 minutes worth of slowdowns at stations)