VIDEO: West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s workshop to help you have your say on light-rail plan

6:01 PM: Just under way, both in-person and online, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s workshop to help you with the process of commenting on West Seattle light-rail routing and station locations, as detailed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement – a process that ends in three weeks. This is in part a drop-in event – the full agenda is here and below:

6:00 Doors Open
6:30 Welcome and Introductions
6:45 Overview of Light Rail Proposal
7:00 The EIS Process
7:15 Making Comments on the Draft EIS
7:45 Examples of Public Comments
8:00 Q&A
8:15 Write your public comment
8:30 Thank you and wrap-up

If you want to go in person, this is happening at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska. Online, the link is in our calendar listing.

6:30 PM: Update – WSTC says this is the new Zoom link. (We’re changing the link in our calendar listing too.)

8:33 PM: We recorded the heart of the meeting on video and will add that here when we have it uploaded later. (Added – here it is:)


All the ways you can comment are here.

14 Replies to "VIDEO: West Seattle Transportation Coalition's workshop to help you have your say on light-rail plan"

  • Sue L. April 7, 2022 (7:23 pm)

    I’m so disappointed that the gondola alternative hasn’t been thoroughly considered. This is a huge mistake that Seattle will regret for a decade. We’ll be spending a huge amount of money and destroying homes for what purpose? Have any studies shown that the rail system will increase participation in public transit? Right now, people can get directly downtown or to Sodo Station on a bus without having to use the bridge detour. But few people use the bus; how many will use the rail? I wonder if anyone knows whether we could get a legal injunction against Sound Transit for not including the gondola alternative? If so, please reply to me.

    • Jort April 7, 2022 (9:11 pm)

      Hilarious. You know what would cause a “legal injunction?” Any kind of gondola proposal, because that’s not what we voted on. The light rail is coming, I encourage citizens to make their mental adaptations to this fact and adjust their mindsets. 

    • Avalon resident April 7, 2022 (11:50 pm)

      How about a legal injunction to shut down this gondola nonsense. It’s not was voted for. And anyone wanting these gondolas over real transportation is just silly. This light rail is going to do more than just take you into the city. Think further.

      • Jim April 8, 2022 (1:22 am)

        How about a legal injunction to shut down the mindless spending of Sound Transit with no results for decades

      • Eldorado April 8, 2022 (6:44 am)

        The monorail WAS voted for and look what happened there. 

        • Seaviewer April 8, 2022 (10:51 am)


          Ask yourself why no city in the world has a system of monorails. Is it because they cannot be run at grade? Is it because there is no way to safely disembark one in an emergency? Is it because monorail switches are very expensive to build as compared to train switches?

          The world will never know. 

      • Pessoa April 8, 2022 (8:34 am)

        Avalon Resident: Are you arguing that you can’t get to those places  on a bus transit network that is far, far more accessible and flexible?  

        • avalon resident April 9, 2022 (2:20 pm)

          the arguing that i can get there by bus is silly. i own a car but i still choose to enter the city by bus because it’s actually easier. having rail makes going longer distances easier. Go look up the number of transfers it takes to get to UW. Plus bus faces the same amount of traffic issues cars do. We aren’t going to stop people having cars, so rail is that step towards car depend infrastructure.Advocating for buses is historically used to stop rail projects.  Did GM really kill the streetcar in Los Angeles? – YouTube

    • Good grief April 8, 2022 (11:46 am)

      Would you ACTUALLY want to be trapped in a gondola with some crazy person? You do watch the news right? Hard pass. 

  • BJG April 8, 2022 (8:06 am)

    Noticed the huge turnout. Neighbors used to attend these faithfully. Our input was either ignored or discounted as NIMBY. Why would anyone waste the time?

  • Mj April 8, 2022 (10:06 am)

    I have a question regarding if ST uses imminent domain to take your property, yes I know they have to pay for it. 

    But let’s say you got lucky with the timing of your purchase and got a 30 year fixed rate home loan at 2.75% a very good rate.  Rates now are hovering around 5% a significant increase.  How does this financial item get compensated for?

  • Mj April 8, 2022 (5:16 pm)

    BJG – I suspect the first 70+ degree day of the year affected the turnout.

  • Popular transit April 9, 2022 (7:43 pm)

    Let’s move on now, the silly gondola idea is dead in the water. I like the options provided and I look forward to reading other opinions that are actually constructive and based in reality. 

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