Sustainable West Seattle is hosting a transportation forum Tuesday night from 7 to 9 pm, with socializing starting at 6:30:

Our February Community Forum will be held in the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. literally around the eastern corner from California Avenue SW.

The panelists are Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Constantine staffer Chris Arkills, SDOT director Peter Hahn, Brice Maryman from SvR Design, and yours truly. So that’s three insiders, a professional, and an outsider with a big mouth. Should be fun.

5 Replies to “West Seattle Transportation Forum Tuesday”

  1. I will be there representing Delridge.

    As much as I get tired of debating the 99 tunnel, it IS the major issue for transportation in West Seattle. The currently proposed 99 tunnel will make the commute from West Seattle to downtown worse than it is now, for cars and for transit. Because of the lack of downtown exits, downtown-bound travellers will need to exit near the stadiums and take surface streets from there (note: this is the exact same scenario as the surface-“transit” option). It is imperative that Metro is provided with a dedicated route from the exit ramp to 3rd Avenue.

  2. I’ve been dismayed at how West Seattle has given the Line C the death of a thousand cuts, with parked cars cutting in front of the bus. It is a precedent I fear will spread to the Line D (where the Magnolia Community Club covets the 15th Ave W bus lane as a parking strip) and the Line E.

    But I think we missed an opportunity to improve the Line C’s stop list. Luna Park doesn’t need a stop, but the failure to have a stop by the P&R under the West Seattle Bridge means a major lost opportunity for connectivity to northern West Seattle bus routes, as well as a lost opportunity for a dramatic increase in the walkshed of the line, to add much more than just Luna Park.

    If adding that stop can get Luna Park to give up its on-street-in-the-way-of-the-bus-lane parking, then that stop would be well worth it.

    City-subsidized neighborhood parking garages were first stopped in the Admiral District, or they were set to spread all over town. If we can succeed at clearing out a real transit priority lane for RapidRide in West Seattle, then we’ll be able to start setting aside transit priority lanes on major arterials all over town. If we lose this one, the precedent will be used by businesses all over town to block any transit lanes.

    1. I’ve never seen anybody transfer at the concrete jungle under Spokane Street, and a driver once said people rarely use it. Who wants to stand in a concrete jungle for half an hour waiting for a transfer? If this stop is preventing buses from using the high-level bridge, it’s not worth it. What West Seattle needs is a circulator between Delridge, 35th, California, and Alki — this stop is not a substitute for that.

  3. The problem with the park and ride is that there is no place to stop there, with the exception of the stop way down by the fire station and Chelan Cafe. The bus would have a much slower route than it would by simply staying in the curb lane by the steel mill and getting on the high-level bridge. I do not think it is worth it.

  4. I’ll be there, too… And the point of the stop isn’t really to add Luna Park businesses, but to give access to a neighborhood with increasing density and the All-Star Fitness which everyone and their grandmother uses.

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