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Developer proposes Lake Washington water taxi

RENTON, Wash. — State transportation officials will discuss possible water taxi routes from Lake Washington in Renton to tech centers in the region Tuesday.

A land developer envisions tapping Renton into local tech hubs by kickstarting a passenger ferry service that travels between destinations such as Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue.

At 9 a.m. in Olympia, the State Transportation Commission will hear a plan from Seco Development.

Seco is developing SouthPort, an office/hotel complex situated on Lake Washington between Boeing's Renton plant and the Seahawks Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

The company wants three $5 million-dollar catamarans, with two of them at a time running the morning and evening commutes with times of about 45 minutes to an hour. Tickets would be priced just below $10.

The company says it’s looking for area partners to help out.

More will be learned about the fate of the plan after Tuesday morning’s meeting.

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