LIGHT RAIL: Sound Transit sets the date for West Seattle’s first ‘neighborhood forum’

(Sound Transit Link file photo, Capitol Hill)

In our ongoing coverage of the planning for West Seattle (and Ballard) light rail, we’ve mentioned that Sound Transit promised its first series of “neighborhood forums” would start in late April, with one in West Seattle. Details have just gone public: 10 am-12:30 pm Saturday, May 5th, at the Masonic Hall in The Junction (4736 40th SW, same site as the February open house). Here’s how it will work, Sound Transit says:

· Sign in and check out project maps and background info (10 minutes)

· Watch a brief presentation that covers the project overview and new concepts from early scoping (20 minutes)

· Break out into small groups to discuss neighborhood-specific topics and share your insights (2 hours)

If you’re not already on the ST e-mail list, here’s the full update sent this afternoon, including plans for the non-West Seattle neighborhood forums.

Our most-recent coverage of light-rail planning, from the Stakeholder Advisory Group‘s March 14th meeting, is here.

8 Replies to "LIGHT RAIL: Sound Transit sets the date for West Seattle's first 'neighborhood forum'"

  • Steven Lorenza March 27, 2018 (5:48 pm)

    Continuing from WSTC thread…..  It’s hilarious, and a little adorable, that people are only now realizing that light rail to West Seattle means almost all buses will no longer operate routes that leave West Seattle.

    • 3 the hard way March 27, 2018 (10:12 pm)

      Yes sir! Three ride minimum to go almost everywhere in the city! That’s CONVENIENCE and it’s the future! One bus to get to the train, then the train, then another bus. I can’t wait for THE FUTURE! I don’t care, I’ll be retired by then.

      wait. hold on. my house to the nearest hospital is already 3 buses. my doctor is in Fremont, a 90 minute trip on a good day. add a train and… OH GOD WE ARE SCREWING OURSELVES. pray for me.

  • old timer March 28, 2018 (5:56 am)

    Wait, there’s more…

    At the last forum, I was told that there would be a train to train transfer at the Stadium Station

    for 5 years, until the Ballard Link was completed.

    I hope Metro keeps the RapidRide C line and the 21 running.


    • KBear March 28, 2018 (9:02 am)

      Good grief, people! They’re not going to have redundant buses running downtown once the light rail opens. And the train can’t go everywhere, so yes, you may have to take a bus to the train. But at least the train won’t get stuck in traffic.

  • MJ March 28, 2018 (9:36 am)


    Presuming the escalators are working the travel time should be consistent!

    The challenge is how to serve people that do not live near a station and have limited transit service.

    Allowing some street parking for all Seattle residents near the stations should be permitted.  Also improved feeder bus service.


    • West Seattle since 1979 March 28, 2018 (10:59 am)

      Hopefully they’ll have good transit service on the peninsula to get to the trains.  

  • BAS March 28, 2018 (10:49 am)

    Please, no parking garages. The whole point of mass transit is to rid ourselves of automobile dependency. Dedicating space for a vehicle to sit unused for an 8-hour workday is a terrible idea. Plus, the trend of millenials is to ditch cars (and cable). Older Seattleites, please consider the wishes of younger Seattleites. 

    We should replace the Water Taxi shuttles with closed loop routes that utilize the 40-footer buses. Those shuttle buses are uncomfortable, inconsistent and lack enough space during commute time. Maybe we could convince Metro to establish a couple of their new all-electric buses on the peninsula and have a charging station in the Junction adjacent light rail.

    Let’s be forward-thinking about the future of mass transit. Less mufflers and more transit using 100% renewable energy. Let’s take mufflers off the road! Si se puede!

    • Matt hutchins March 28, 2018 (1:28 pm)

      Agree, BAS.  And if we’re going to spend billions on ST3, let’s make sure that there is lots of new housing around the stations, so more people use the system and live car free. 

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