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As if the mere idea of reestablishing King County's woebegone mosquito fleet weren't brilliant enough to set such a plan in motion, the Elliott Bay Water Taxi is fucking crushing it with its ridership numbers thus far this year. Per a Ferry District press release, "The King County Water Taxi had another record month in June, with a total of 33,865 riders carried by the popular West Seattle-to-downtown passenger-only ferry. The ridership represents an increase of 12.7 percent over June 2008, in which 30,046 passengers rode the Water Taxi. The year-to-date Water Taxi ridership is 85,784, as compared with 59,386 at the end of June 2008."
"We will work to replicate the success of our West Seattle route as the King County Ferry District adds demonstration service on other routes on Puget Sound and Lake Washington," adds County Exec candidate Dow Constantine, who serves as chair of the King County Ferry District Board.
If I were Constantine, I'd all but run on the water taxi's success; and in a way, he already is. The Argosy skiff used to ferry passengers is a veritable floating advertisement for the West Seattle councilman, and they once named a drink after him called the Constantini (unfortunately, it was non-alcoholic).
While we're on the topic of civic matters, Public Exposure host Stan Emert will host P-I columnist Joel Connelly and I tonight on SCAN-TV (Channel 77). The half-hour show starts promptly at 8 and is live, which is a rarity these days. Even more amazing, I've never had to be bleeped while discussing such matters as the mayoral race, the Mercer Mess, and Mitt Romney's sexual prowess. It'll be a blast, I promise.