During last night’s meeting on October 8th, 2013, the decision was made by the WSTC board to rename ourselves from the West Seattle Transit Coalition to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. A report on the meeting will be coming soon — this was just one piece of what was accomplished last night.
The WSTC were also invited to give an introduction at the monthly meeting of the 34th District Democrats about our coalition, at 8:10pm tonight. It will be at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Avenue S.W., West Seattle, Washington.
Following discussions over several months, a multitude of West Seattle groups have made the decision to attempt to form a West Seattle Transit Coalition.
There are at least three factors currently working in tandem to significantly worry a lot of people in West Seattle, that we have been talking about on and off for months in our meetings.
- The looming reduction of mass transit services region wide with the King County Metro funding crisis coming out of Olympia. All services will face up to a 17% cut in volume.
- This is only compounded for us in West Seattle, with the equally looming end of the SR-99 Viaduct and the construction headaches that will cause for all of us soon.
- Third, the population because of increasing density (whether you’re a fan or not) in West Seattle is increasing, further straining transit — transit which may soon reduce, straining it even further.
Individually, any one of these things is a topic deep enough for a three hour meeting, or more. Put together? Again, regardless of what side you’re on about any of these issues, altogether they equal out to everyone coming out of West Seattle having a pretty awful commute very soon.