Metro changes in West Seattle: Presentation this Wednesday

October 31, 2011 at 11:59 am | In Southwest District Council, Transportation, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

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When we first reported on Metro‘s proposed 2012 changes last week, it looked like your first chance to see an official presentation in West Seattle would be Metro’s November 9th and 17th meetings. Now there’s late word of an earlier chance: Metro’s now on the agenda for this Wednesday night’s meeting of the Southwest District Council, 7 pm at South Seattle Community College‘s board room, and yes, as always, it’s a public meeting. Also on the agenda: A presentation about the changes SDOT is making on West Seattle streets to accommodate next year’s Metro West Seattle RapidRide debut (including SW Alaska rechannelization). SSCC’s at 6000 16th SW; the board room is in the Robert Smith Building – campus map here, building map here.

P.S. An online survey about the Metro proposal is now available, with questions about how it would affect you – you can take the survey here.

11 Comments

  1. Without a dedicated way w/ out transfers that won’t take 1-2 hours to get from West Seattle to the Boeing Field area, everything I see from Metro is useless.

    Comment by JD — 2:57 pm October 31, 2011 #

  2. I want to take the survey but I need more details first. My route would be delete and replaced, which supposedly will make it faster. I need to know more though. When does it leave the last time point before me? When should it get downtown? When will it leave downtown in the evening? What stop to I catch it at? Until I know more than ‘This is your new route next year’, I can’t honestly answer their questions.

    Comment by jedifarfy — 3:02 pm October 31, 2011 #

  3. Anyone can use crayons and scribble lines..

    Comment by jiggers — 3:17 pm October 31, 2011 #

  4. JD,

    It is impossible to design a transit system that connects every destination pairing on single buses without thousands of routes. If Metro can get it down to 2 buses, with short transfers, it will be a big improvement over what we have now.

    So, where among Boeing’s many sites do you want to get to, and from where?

    Comment by Blue Collar Enviro — 7:56 pm October 31, 2011 #

  5. I appreciate Metro’s responsiveness to my neighborhood — extending the 60 to connect to the Line A at Westwood Village, getting rid of the pull-through loop in the VA parking lot, providing a stop on the 132 close to SODO Station, and doubling the frequency of the 132.

    I respectfully disagree with the 50 as the solution to the problem of east-west connectivity. Getting as many West Seattle routes as possible to stop within a block of SODO Station would be far more effective on that score, *IF* bus lanes are painted on 4th Ave S. (This would also provide the quickest transfer connectivity to Boeing from all over West Seattle.)

    I would also like to see at least one bus line from West Seattle — not the 560, which has been a ridership failure — get to the airport. The 120, which should have been selected for RapidRide treatment if the politicians had listened to Metro staff and stuck with ridership as the determinant, would be a good candidate route for looping back from Burien to the airport. Besides, it makes more sense for east-west routes to head east to connect to the 120, than to head west to connect to the 560, to get to the airport quickest.

    Comment by Blue Collar Enviro — 8:09 pm October 31, 2011 #

  6. Save the 55!

    Comment by Sna — 9:05 pm October 31, 2011 #

  7. Why don’t any routes from WS utilize the SODO busway? For that matter, why isn’t there a connection to the busway from Spokane st viaduct-4th ave exit? (rather than using 1st av or AWV to get downtown??)
    Why don’t more routes from WS already connect to Link light rail? I know this is in the proposal, but why wasn’t it done a year or two ago when Link opened?? Seems like these would be more efficient ways (bypassing construction) into the downtown area, although getting back to WS is still a cluster****

    Comment by Mc — 9:12 pm October 31, 2011 #

  8. Someone please explain how Rapid Ride is better than the 54. Other than the pretty color and cool name.

    Comment by Sna — 9:20 pm October 31, 2011 #

  9. Beach Drive is completely abandoned! What are those of us who rely on the 37 supposed to do, drive to work?

    Comment by expatom — 9:32 am November 2, 2011 #

  10. Where would that leave those of us in Arbor Heights who DO NOT work during peak hours, own cars or are unable physically to walk great distances? Stranded and isolated!!!!

    Comment by buddsmom — 11:47 am November 2, 2011 #

  11. Agree with BuddsMom. I’d go to the meeting but I, (a) am ill and (b) have no transport even if I was healthy enough to go. >cue irony<

    Comment by dapuffin — 3:07 pm November 2, 2011 #

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