King County

BNSF Eastside Deal Flawed, Says Cascadia Center

Bruce Agnew, Director of Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute, just released the statement below regarding today’s news that the Port of Seattle will acquire the BNSF rail corridor. Media calls may be directed directly to Bruce Agnew on this issue at 206.228.4011. OFFICIAL STATEMENT: BRUCE AGNEW, CASCADIA CENTER AT DISCOVERY INSTITUTE “The idea of having public employees excise and remove Read More ›

Preserve Eastside Rail Line For Snohomish Transit Link

There’s no finer experience than taking your family on a crisp, sunny, fall adventure along the Centennial Trail. Stretching from Snohomish to Arlington and framed by the resplendent Cascades and quiet Machias, the red and yellow trees and clean air remind us why we endure the gray skies and light rain of Puget Sound’s winter. Now we have an opportunity Read More ›

County Foot-Ferry Tax Proposed

In his new 2008 budget, King County Executive Ron Sims has proposed a property tax hike of 5 cents per $100,000 assessed valuation to fund a King County passenger-only ferry district. Gregory Roberts reports in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer: A 5-cent tax would cost $20 a year for the owner of a $400,000 home; Sims will send a specific proposal to Read More ›


With the Port of Seattle poised to buy the abandoned 42-mile Eastside rail line from Burlington Northern and Sante Fe, a proposal championed by Cascadia Center and others for Eastside commuter rail is gaining steam. Cascadia held two community forums in January, in Kirkland and Snohomish. A Cascadia report on those events, including contact information for public officials who can Read More ›

Passenger-Only Ferries In Puget Sound Gain Momentum

A flurry of developments suggests passenger-only ferries are gaining momentum in Puget Sound. In recent months there have been seven routes in operation: the state’s Vashon Island to downtown Seattle run; King County’s West Seattle to downtown Seattle water taxi; Kitsap Transit’s Port Orchard to Bremerton foot ferry; and four longer, privately operated routes to the San Juan Islands and Read More ›

Is It Rail Time Or Trail Time?

This article, published by the Woodinville Weekly, quotes Discovery Institute Fellow Bruce Agnew: Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center, said, “When the public is presented with facts about the 100-foot-wide rail corridor they say, ‘Well, of course it should be rails and trails. Why would public employees rush to rip up rails?’”

TV/Radio Coverage Of July 2 Foot Ferries Forum

Here are easy-play live links to TV and radio coverage of Cascadia Center’s July 2 forum on expanded passenger-only ferry service in the Puget Sound region. KPLU-FM, July 2, “Group Pushing For Expansion Of Passenger-Only Ferries” KIRO 7 TV, July 2, 6 p.m. News KING-5 TV/KONG TV, July 3, Morning News KIRO-AM 710, July 3, Morning News

A Turning Point Approaches For Fast Foot Ferries In Puget Sound

This Monday July 2, our Cascadia Center For Regional Development hosted a jam-packed forum in West Seattle for stakeholders to discuss next steps toward funding an expanded system of passenger-only ferries on Puget Sound and Lake Washington. This would embody a modern-day return of the region’s old “Mosquito Fleet” of foot ferries; providing today’s commuters and others with expanded transit Read More ›

In Search Of Passenger-Only Ferry Service That Pencils Out

This article, published by Crosscut, mentions Discovery Institute: At an event on Monday, July 2, put on by the Cascadia Project, the transportation think tank of the Discovery Institute, advocates and elected officials from around Puget Sound called for a regional effort to increase service. The rest of the article can be found here.

Decision By November On Tax Boost For Foot Ferries

This article, published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, mentions Discovery Institute: King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson, also addressing the forum organized by the Discovery Institute, said she thinks a regional foot-ferry system may be needed to handle all the commuters, establish uniform financing and “avoid turf battles” over service. The rest of the article can be found here.