SWS February Forum: West Seattle’s Transportation Future

1941 map of Seattle Streetcar Network

1941 map of Seattle's Streetcar Network

Have an idea or a question regarding transportation in West Seattle?  Post your thoughts or questions below – click “Leave a comment” below (or here) and ask a question or post an idea.

Then join us in person for an evening of inspired discussion about the spectrum of transportation issues facing West Seattle in the coming years with your neighbors and some of our best local policy experts, along with some local, county and state government representatives with the power to help us turn our best ideas into reality.

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.  Come at 6:30 pm to socialize, the Forum begins at 7:00 pm and will continue to 9:00 pm.

Our Transportation Forum confirmed lineup includes:

The format will be a brief presentation by members of the panel on the existing and historic conditions relating to West Seattle access, transportation and transit, and then an open forum discussion involving the panel members and the audience.

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7 replies
  1. stu
    stu says:

    As the fuel prices continue to rise without the usual rollback and as major roadway alterations are to be met in the next years I have no doubt there will be many more folks joining the wonderful bicycle commuter lifestyle. I hope that some of the 2 million dollars in the budget for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure will get put to use to improve conditions in West Seattle such as the Spokane St. to Admiral Way bike lane connection. Perhaps fill a few potholes too. I suggest that Spokespeople West Seattle should be a continued voice or conduit to the city for recommending use of available funds and pointing out our local needs. West Seattle bicycle riders you do have a voice and perhaps a bell too.

  2. Fred
    Fred says:

    I’m interested in trying out new transportation system ideas such as this concept that Google recently funded… perhaps to serve a neighborhood middle school (to inspire kids to solve big problems), or a campus like Seattle Center (to build on its futuristic theme and do R&D).

    If funding may be raised to build a pilot network of these structures in Seattle, what codes and laws need to be addressed and/or changed to develop above existing transportation rights of way, to control costs?

  3. QueenJean
    QueenJean says:

    Two things:

    1) The proposed tunnel plan has no exits downtown. Most of the buses from West Seattle and White Center use those exits. How will the tunnel affect the availability of a quick commute from West Seattle to downtown?

    2) the 54 and 54X buses are supposed to be replaced by a RapidRide system next year. I am concerned that it’s not going to save as much time on a commute as it should and that it is going to eliminate a lot of stops utilized by elderly and disabled folks along California Ave and Fauntleroy way.

  4. Patrick
    Patrick says:

    Spokespeople could definitely have a huge role to play in West Seattle’s transportation future, especially given the community it creates while solving the problem.

  5. Bill Bryant
    Bill Bryant says:

    The map labeled “1941 Streetcar Map” is primarily a bus route map – by the time it was published, virtually all streetcars had been replaced with buses (electric trolley buses in most cases). Cool map!

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