Sound Transit

Constantine, McDermott call for adding West Seattle and Burien high-capacity service to Sound Transit long-range plan

Long-Range Plan will guide efforts to shape future regional transit ballot measures

information from King County

King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine and King County Council and Sound Transit Board member Joe McDermott today moved to add future high-capacity transit service to West Seattle and Burien to the Long-Range Plan now being prepared for Sound Transit.

"The corridor between downtown Seattle, West Seattle, and Burien is one of the greatest opportunities for extending mass transit service," said Constantine. "This amendment is the first step towards funding the extension through a future public vote."

“Survey results back up what I am hearing from my constituents and my community—strong support exists for light rail expansion to West Seattle,” said McDermott, who represents West Seattle. “A downtown to West Seattle to Burien route will be well-used and leverage limited transit dollars in economic hubs.”

Sound Transit Board members today discussed the Long-Range Plan (LRP) at a workshop in preparation to update the plan in December. Proposed amendments will be discussed at the Board’s November and December meetings.

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On the Go - Week of 10-27-14

GriefShare hosts “Surviving the Holidays” Seminar
Grace Church
10323 28th Ave. SW
Sun., Nov. 9, 2-4pm. This one time support group event is for those that have lost loved ones by death and are dreading the holidays. Everyone is welcome. This is an arm of the GriefShare Recovery Group. Registration helps, but is not mandatory. Contact Barb at 206-932-7459.

Senior Center of West Seattle Town Hall Meeting
4217 SW Oregon St.
Tues., Nov. 11, 2 sessions: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. “Should We Stay or Should We Go?” For more than 4 months the Senior Center of West Seattle (SCWS) has been dealing with challenges. We need your input to help us determine the direction of SCWS. Do we stay affiliated with Senior Services (SS) knowing they have proposed a different organizational model or do we become our own entity relying on our members and community alone? Please attend the Town Hall and/or email questions/comments by 11/7/14 to

Culinary Volunteers Needed
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St.
206-932-4044 x8

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Steve Shay
Seattle's own Macklemore came to the Duwamish Long House in West Seattle on Oct. 29 to to celebrate the achievements of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's (DRCC) "River For All" campaign, launched last June. At center is BJ Cummings, and at right is Ken Workman, representing the Duwamish Tribe whose Indian name is Yayus Tubsh.

SLIDESHOW: Macklemore visits West Seattle to honor the cleanup of the Duwamish River

By Steve Shay

Sporting his trademark undercut hairdo and wearing a reflective wide smile, Seattle hip hop artist Ben Haggerty, 31, better known as Macklemore, appeared at the Duwamish Longhouse Museum in West Seattle Wednesday. He was there to celebrate the achievements of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's (DRCC) "River For All" campaign, launched last June.

A spokesman for the campaign, Macklemore is helping to focus attention on the environmental and health threats of toxic pollution in Seattle's Duwamish River. The campaign represents local residents, Tribal members, fishing families, waterfront workers, and recreational users.

Also in attendance was diver, environmentalist and photographer Laura James whose dramatic self-portrait her colleagues helped choreograph won first place in the "River For All" photo contest. The DRCC believed her image best illustrated their message of a dirty river with a hopeful future. In it she is clothed in found river rubbish, holding a sunflower. River-related slogans are drawn on her body. She was awarded a kayak trip on the Duwamish River with Macklemore.

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