Sound Transit press release:

Sound Transit is kicking off the process for working with South King County communities on options for extending high-capacity transit service. The effort will help shape alternatives for building high capacity transit from South 200th Street to Kent/Des Moines, as well as a shovel-ready plan for reaching the heart of Federal Way.

Community members are invited to attend two open houses as part of an early scoping process. The process will help Sound Transit identify options that will be evaluated in an alternatives analysis over the next several months.

Des Moines
4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Highline Community College (Building 2), South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South

Federal Way
4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Truman High School (Gym), 31455 28th Ave. S.


Press release:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Port of Seattle (Port) will facilitate a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 to provide information on existing flight procedures into and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Boeing Field.

The meeting details are as follows:

Who: Representatives from the FAA, Port of Seattle and King County Airport/Boeing Field.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Cleveland High School - Auditorium
 5511 15th Ave S.
 Seattle, WA 98108


One City Council member really wants SeaTac to live up to its motto as the “Hospitality City.”

Rick Forschler proposed Oct. 23 that city residents share their homes with airline employees that are laid over in SeaTac during the holidays.

Forschler even gave out his cell phone number, 206-419-5170, for residents interested in his project.

He said pilots, flight attendants and other airline employees are often staying in SeaTac hotels away from their families during holiday periods. He noted residents could be become better neighbors and friends by inviting the employees to spend the holiday with them.

He said the idea came to him as he pondered requests to the council for city funds to put on Angle Lake fireworks displays on Independence Day. The council has appropriated $10,000 annually for several years to help fund the display.

Forschler said he is opposed to using city money for the display but would organize voluntary fundraising efforts. He noted no one has taken him up on his offer.

He said that got him thinking g about the city’s “core competency,” which he described as the airport and related businesses.

Sprint network outage in Seattle affect flights system-wide

Alaska Airlines press release:

A Sprint fiber network cable severed in the Seattle area significantly delayed Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights on Monday, Oct. 8.

Sprint provides the airlines with connectivity to SABRE, the system the carriers use for reservations, to check in passengers and to purchase tickets.

Sprint internet service was disrupted at 7:30 a.m. and was restored about noon.

As of noon, the two airlines had canceled 70 flights, affecting more than 6,000 passengers. More than 130 flights had departed, some up to four hours late.

Alaska and Horizon plan to pre-cancel some flights scheduled to depart between 2 and 5 p.m. today Pacific time to help return their operation to normal.

A complete list of those pre-cancellations will be posted at

Passengers traveling today are urged to check the status of their flight at, Alaska’s mobile website, or by using Alaska’s mobile apps for the iPhone and Android.

Customers can also call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522) before leaving for the airport.


Press release:

Please join The City of SeaTac in the grand-reopening South 154th Road Improvement Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
WHO: The City of SeaTac
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Crystal Manor Apartments, 3020 South 154th Street
Ceremony in Parking Lot

DETAILS: This event is free and open to the public. Improvements include 3,400 lineal feet of new sidewalk, bicycle lanes, street lighting, a continuous two way left-turn lane, street lighting, lighted pedestrian crossing, retaining walls and street trees. Additionally, overhead utilities were relocated underground, and storm water facilities were improved. Total length of the project is 2,800 linear feet.

The project, which began in March of last year, was aimed at increasing pedestrian safety and traffic conditions for all commuters on the road. Contributions were made from the Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Improvement Board and Sound Transit. For more information visit


Press release:
The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending $10.1 million in funding for projects serving SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines, part of more than $440 million in federal funds proposed by PSRC to improve transportation around the region.
Projects in Des Moines include:
• Barnes Creek Trail - $380,000
• Connecting 28th/24th Avenue South (S. 208th St to S 216th St) - $3,000,000

Projects in SeaTac and Burien include:

• South 188th Street Overlay, International Boulevard to 46th Avenue South - $585,000
• Lake to Sound Trail – Segment B - $1,000,000 South Corridor Transit Expansion Project (Sound Transit) - $1,000,000
• South Link (Sound Transit) - $4,264,839

“These projects were selected on their merits and support the region’s economic development and growth,” said Bellevue Councilmember Claudia Balducci, chair of PSRC’s Transportation Policy Board. “When Congress approved these funds earlier this year, their focus was on growing and sustaining jobs. These projects, large and small, will put people to work and shore up the foundations of our economy for the future.”

Airport garage connects with Link Light Rail to SODO

Press release:

The Seahawks exhibition season gets underway this weekend, and Sea-Tac Airport is reminding fans to save money, traffic frustration and emissions with its half-price game day parking offer.

Fans can save 50% off Terminal Direct parking rates in the airport’s ParkSmart garage, with easy connection with Link Light Rail to the stadium district for game days on all Friday through Sunday Seahawk, Sounder, Husky, Cougar and Mariner games.

[Remember, University of Washington football plays in CenturyLink Field this year during their stadium renovation and Washington State University hosts the University of Oregon at CenturyLink Field for their annual westside game.]

Discover the convenience, comfort, security and rewards of ParkSmart – Sea-Tac's own parking garage. With 9,000 parking spaces just steps from the airport's Main Terminal, ParkSmart is the smart choice for travelers who value convenience and the opportunity to save time and energy.

Forty-year-old facility to receive estimated $230 million upgrade

Press release:

The Port of Seattle Commission gave final design authorization July 24 for an estimated $230 million renovation of the north satellite at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to better serve passengers.

The project will include modernizing facilities, seismic upgrades, enhanced traveler amenities, three new gates and a new roof-top lounge for Alaska Airlines, soon to be the sole tenant in the north satellite.

“This project directly addresses our Century Agenda goal to meet the region’s air transportation needs at Sea-Tac Airport for the next 25 years,” said Commission President Gael Tarleton. “The north satellite is 40 years old and has had only limited upgrades. It’s due.”

Measure will be on November ballot

Press release:

The Des Moines City Council passed Resolution 1197 to place a proposition on the November 6, 2012 ballot to increase the City Utility Occupation Tax for Des Moines Streets paving improvements.

If approved this proposition would increase the current 6% utility occupation tax to 8%
authorizing 2.0% for City street paving improvements for a period of ten (10) years.

A statement for and a statement against are included in the voter pamphlet prepared by King County Elections. Persons interested in serving on Committees to write the pro and con statements are needed.

Each statement must be no more than 200 words in length and must be submitted to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 15, 2012. Any rebuttal statements are due by August 17, 2012.

Persons interested in serving on the Committee to write either statement must submit an application to the City by close of business, Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

Agreement includes street, pedestrian and bicycle pathway improvements to facilitate traffic flow to and from the station, scheduled to open with University Link in 2016

Press release:

King County Councilmember and Sound Transit Vice Chair Julia Patterson today announced approval of a major agreement that green-lights expansion of light rail from the Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street in the City of SeaTac four years ahead of schedule. The agreement will also bring transportation upgrades to the surrounding community.

“This is a great day for the residents of South King County,” said Patterson. “Bringing light rail into the heart of SeaTac is going to provide critical connections to jobs, encourage economic development, and help the environment by getting people out of their cars.”

With Patterson presiding, the Sound Transit Board yesterday unanimously approved a development and transitway agreement between Sound Transit and the City of SeaTac that details the terms and conditions for development of the South Link light rail extension, which is now scheduled to open with University Link in 2016.

Patterson announces development agreement for South Link light rail extension
Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Photo taken at a South Link Light Rail extension open house June 7 at Madrona Elementary School, Sea Tac.

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