Following discussions over several months, beginning in the Summer of 2013, a multitude of West Seattle groups and residents have made the decision to form a West Seattle Transportation Coalition. Please watch our inaugural meeting on September 24, 2013. The first ten minutes will explain exactly why the West Seattle Transportation Coalition exists:
The West Seattle Transportation Coalition is a Peninsula-wide organization working to address transportation and mobility issues for Seattle’s largest constituency. Representing more than 100,000 people living and working in the 10 square mile area between the Duwamish River and Puget Sound, these community leaders, advocates, business owners, and residents are working to address transportation and commuting challenges caused by:
- The reduction of mass transit services: The current insufficient level of service will be compounded by the proposed cuts in our already under served area.
- Loss of infrastructure: The scheduled removal of the SR-99 Viaduct without sufficient replacement capacity on other routes to and from our Peninsula.
- Density without transportation capacity: The region’s commitment to increased density is not matched with equivalent increases in transportation capacity to serve the Peninsula’s steadily growing population.
- Natural barriers: West Seattle has only limited routes connecting it to downtown and beyond for the vast majority of its commuters. Mass transit is the only option that can move us across these choke points to keep our transportation systems functioning.
Our group, answering to all community stakeholders, is dedicated to improving this. To learn about joining the WSTC, please go here.