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.
If for some reason your group is unable to attend or send representatives, this will be not a closed, finite thing. For example, several ideas for draft letters and statements are floating around under discussion. These will be reviewed and possibly finalized–with the upcoming elections, ballots will go out in the beginning of October. This makes the entire thing time sensitive, but people will be still able to endorse if desired later. This is all very sudden, and a bit of an emergency, with so many things spinning together at once.
The discussed plan was to get a statement/letter/endorsement out no later than October 1, 2013, ahead of the election cycle and ballots being mailed out. We would like to get all of the following on the record, for how they stand:
- City Council members
- City Council candidates
- Mayoral candidates
- County officials
The initial meeting will be Tuesday, September 24th, starting at 630pm. We’re not sure how long it will run. The meeting will be open to the public.
High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126
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Car, from 35th: take 35th SW and turn east toward High Point on Morgan. The building will be on the left, four blocks down where Morgan turns into Sylvan.
Car, from Delridge: take Delridge to Sylvan, and go west on Sylvan to the top of the hill. The building will be on your right.
Metro/bus: the 128 stops in front of the building. You can also take the 21 to the intersection of 35th & Morgan and walk east a few blocks.