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West Seattle Blog… | WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: More soil samples and two events on Thursday – relocation rally and ‘accountability’ group press conference

By meerna Jul11,2024
West Seattle Blog… | WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: More soil samples and two events on Thursday – relocation rally and ‘accountability’ group press conference

Three points to note about West Seattle’s planned light rail expansion:

MORE SOIL SAMPLES: Transit Sound continues to work in various districts and Deborah I sent this photo after receiving the latest notice of geotechnical work south of SW Genesee, east of 35th SW, potentially lasting until the middle of next week.

RALLY FOR DISPLACEMENT: A reminder that tomorrow is the day that companies on the project’s path hope to mobilize public support for better compensation for the move, as first announced last month. It will all take place in the 3800 block of Delridge Way SW – home of Ounces, Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), Music and Performing Arts, AND Lark4 pm to 7 pm Thursday. We mentioned this when it was first announced; here’s a reminder from organizers:

West Seattle business owners and community members will unite to support over 60 West Seattle businesses that are being relocated due to the West Seattle Light Rail expansion.

On Thursday, July 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden in West Seattle will host a rally to support relocation. From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., supporters will march down Delridge Way SW in front of the North Delridge Businesses Facing Relocation (from Skylark Cafe to Delridge Deli Mart, just off the ramp to the West Seattle Bridge), followed by a rally and community meeting at Ounces.

The purpose of the rally is to raise community awareness and advocate for adequate relocation assistance for impacted businesses to ensure their survival if the West Seattle light rail project is approved this summer.

Businesses and residents will urge the Sound Transit Board to: Preserve the character and economy of West Seattle. Ensure local businesses have the resources to relocate and grow with the new light rail.

The demonstration is the result of a petition addressed to movedbylightrail.cominitiated by local businesses to highlight their precarious situation. With nearly 2,000 signatures and growing, it highlights concerns about inadequate relocation funding from Sound Transit. Many affected businesses fear closure without adequate financial support and assistance.

A PRESS CONFERENCE: Rally for Relocation organizers say they are not trying to stop the light rail. But another group that is — at least temporarily — planning a news conference in West Seattle earlier in the day. At 10:30 a.m. Jefferson Squareorganization Smarter transportation says he will discuss his demands regarding ST liability:

– The presentation of key data shows that the works of ST3 will not solve the transport problems of our region nor reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
-Ask your legislature to require Sound Transit to create a post-pandemic plan to increase ridership, reduce car ownership, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
-Discuss them Petition Residents can sign a petition demanding accountability and a halt to ST3 planning until the agency presents voters with alternative public transport solutions that will reduce congestion, lower emissions and promote greater cost-efficiency with taxpayer dollars.
-Promote passage of legislation that would allow for direct election of ST board members by counties through publicly funded campaigns to end cost overruns and lack of oversight.

This group is not limited to West Seattle; its roots date back to the 2000s.

By meerna

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