Month: November 2014

December 2014 WSTC Agenda

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Here is the full Agenda, with segment times and specific guests.

6:30-6:45: Welcome to the WSTC, Introductions, Community News & Updates.

6:45-7:45: Emergency Plan with Q&A: Lawerence Eichhorn (Eich), Emergency Management & Security with SDOT and Debbie Goetz, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s Community Planning Coordinator. They will be be joining us in order to provide the whole community perspective and capture ideas for improvement. There will be a 20 to 30 minute presentation on West Seattle earthquake emergency access that will enhance our discussion – with Q&A afterwards.

7:45-8:30: Potential Rapid Ride C Alaska Junction Stop Change: Jonathon Dong, SDOT and Paul Roybal, Metro Transit

A discussion around the proposed changes to the Rapid Ride C in the Alaska Junction. Instead of jogging around 44th, a proposal of the Rapid Ride C continuting down California with a right hand turn onto Alaska with the bus stop just east of California. A SDOT study finds it will save 1 minute to make this change.

8:30: Adjourn.


The full agenda will be pending yet for the December meeting of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, but here are our three core items:

1. Emergency clearance of the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street Viaduct, SR99 north of Spokane. Yet again, on November 12, we had another hours-long event where things were stuck in the morning commute for lack of a timely tow truck. Enough is enough: the city is required to fix this. We have reached out – repeatedly – to SDOT, SPD, the Mayor’s office, and City Council – about this, for months.

2. Emergency access to and from the West Seattle peninsula in the event of an emergency or disaster – if the bridges are closed, or jammed, how does an ambulance reach Harborview Medical Center, for example? We had planned on this since October, before the latest bridge event happened. We will be joined by SDOT’s director of emergency preparedness, Lawrence Eichorn, along with Cindi Barker and Sharonn Meeks of the West Seattle Emergency Hub program.

3. SDOT is looking into moving the Rapid Ride C terminal from eastbound SW Alaska to northbound California SW. Basically, from next to Key Bank to in front of the new condos next to Talarico. The Rapid Ride and other buses would go right up California, for a potential savings of one minute of travel time. SDOT has been doing outreach on this and we will be joined by them, the West Seattle Junction Association that represents Junction businesses, and other stakeholders for a mutual discussion on the pros and cons of the idea.

We hope to see you in December, and remember – starting in January 2015, we will no longer meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and are moving to the 4th Thursday of each month.

WSTC November 2014 meeting agenda

Where: Neighborhood House Highpoint Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, Washington 98126
When: Tuesday, November 11, 630pm-830pm

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Here’s the agenda: Prop 1 to fund buses has passed! Want to to know if YOUR bus will be saved or expanded? Want to talk directly with the folks planning these things? Come to the WSTC Tuesday, November 11th!

6:30-6:40: Welcome to the WSTC, Introductions, Community News & Updates.

6:40-6:50: Coalition Business: Welcome Thomas Linde who will be filling one of the vacant Board position. This leaves two positions free – do you have a passion about transportation issues on the Peninsula?

6:50-7:00: Feedback from WSDOT: Review of the October 31 response from WSDOT to the WSTC about emergency and disaster event handling plans for SR99 and the Viaduct. This is feedback from our summer meeting with Lynn Thompson, Washington’s Transportation Secretary.

7:00-7:15: Fauntleroy and Delridge boulevard projects: A review of the current state of both projects, and what is required to advance both fully to completion.

7:15-7:45: Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1: We have invited Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Transportation Committee, and Chris Arkills, from County Executive Dow Constantine’s office, to join us for this discussion. Topics will include; what are the next steps for improving services to and from West Seattle and South Park? Which routes are targeted for growth, starting in July 2015? Under what conditions? How would WSTC’s potential seat on the City oversight and advisory commission of this program be filled?

7:45-8:00: Gathering of Neighbors 2014: Saturday, November 15 from 9:00a – 1:00p. WSTC will be giving a one-hour transportation keynote. One last quick planning and volunteer session here for it. The proposed idea is a 10-minute presentation on the WSTC and our current overall challenges, and a 50-minute interactive session to have the community help identify further challenges, issues, and possible solutions as a steering session for our 2015 agenda.

8:00-8:30: 2015 Steering: Identify additional key issues and goals we should pursue next, and in addition to what we’ve already begun on.

8:30: Adjourn.

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