Commissioner Gael Tarleton has been elected president of the Port of Seattle Commission. Tarleton was elected to the board in 2007. Commissioner John Creighton, who began serving in 2006, will be vice president.
"2012 begins the port's second century - we're online, open to the public, and open for business. We are on a path to creating a sustainable public port in the heart of our urban communities," said Tarleton. "As the local and global economies recover from a prolonged recession, this port will be an economic engine - and an engine of equal opportunity - for King County's nearly 2 million residents."
Commissioner Tom Albro will serve as secretary.
Tarleton and Commissioner Bill Bryant were also sworn in for their second term in office. Commissioner Tarleton was sworn in by El Centro de la Raza Director Estela Ortega; former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton presided over Commissioner Bryant's oath of office.
The U.S Department of Transportation has awarded $10 million in TIGER funding to Sound Transit in support of constructing an extension of Link light rail from Sea-Tac Airport to South 200th Street.
The 1.6-mile project, which includes an elevated guideway, station, and parking facilities, is planned to open in September, 2016—four years earlier than envisioned in the voter-approved Sound Transit 2 plan, and at the same time light rail service to the University of Washington will begin.
“This is great news for local commuters, communities, and the economy throughout Seattle,” said Sen. Patty Murray. “I was proud to create the TIGER program to fund investments like this one for Sound Transit that put people to work, boost the local economy, and lay down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.”
The ramps from westbound SR 18 to southbound I-5, and from eastbound SR 18 to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, for emergency pothole repair.
Detour routes will be posted and drivers are advised to expect delays and plan extra time.
Find more construction news on the King County construction update page: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/King/Construction/
Apple Cup fans heading to the game this weekend are invited to take advantage of a half-price parking discount at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport connecting with Link Light Rail to CenturyLink Field. The offer is valid for game day parking in Terminal Direct at the Sea-Tac Airport garage including Seahawk games and looking ahead to next year as the UW Huskies play their home season at CenturyLink Field.
This weekend the discount covers Saturday's Apple Cup contest between Washington State University and the University or Washington, as well as Sunday's Seahawk contest versus the Redskins.
Terminal Direct parking at Sea-Tac Airport offers the most convenient access to the airport terminal and quick connection to Link Light Rail. You'll park on the fourth floor of the airport garage, an easy walk to the pedestrian bridge leading to the SeaTac/Airport Station.
Next week kicks off the winter holiday travel season in what is now expected to be the busiest year ever at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The following includes the latest passenger traffic information for Sea-Tac, special offers, tips for travelers and links for additional information.
Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Numbers at Sea-Tac Airport
The passenger forecast for the Thanksgiving period at Sea-Tac is expected to be about even with 2010 levels.
The busiest travel days for the Thanksgiving period are projected to be Sunday, November 27 (89,250 passengers), Wednesday, November 23 (88,767), and Monday, November 28 (85,050).
This period is NOT the busiest time of the year for Sea-Tac. The high days for the period are in the top third busiest days for the year, but they are well below summer averages.
An average summer day (June-August) will see about 100,000 passengers (inbound and outbound) through the airport and is the peak air travel time for Sea-Tac.
In terms of travelers, August is traditionally the busiest month of the year followed by July, June and May [by contrast December is 7th and November 10th].
Apple Cup fans can bypass traffic and take Sound Transit’s special event day Sounder trains to the 4:30 p.m. game between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 26. Special Sounder commuter rail trains will operate from Tacoma and Everett to Seattle, and Link light rail will run two-car trains to accommodate game-day crowds.
Inbound schedule for special Saturday Sounder service
Tacoma to Seattle
Tacoma 1:35 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Puyallup 1:47 p.m. - 2:27 p.m.
Sumner - 2:07 p.m. 2:32 p.m.
Auburn - 2:15 p.m. 2:40 p.m.
Kent - 2:22 p.m. 2:47 p.m.
Tukwila - 2:29 p.m. 2:54 p.m.
Seattle 2:29 p.m. 2:52 p.m. 3:17 p.m.
Everett to Seattle
Everett 1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Mukilteo 1:56 p.m. 2:11 p.m.
Edmonds 2:11 p.m. 2:26 p.m.
Seattle 2:44 p.m. 2:59 p.m.
Southline trains depart King Street Station 10, 20 and 45 minutes after the game; northline trains depart 15 and 35 minutes after the game.
On Monday, Nov. 14 the Port of Seattle launched its new website, with more intuitive navigation that makes accessing information about Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, cargo and cruise facilities, Fishermen's Terminal and other Port of Seattle areas of interest faster and easier than ever with a better overall web experience.
The website features up-to-the-minute flight information, a new photo gallery, easy-to-use drop-down menus, plus slide shows and videos for faster at-a-glance communication. Tabular sections and a powerful search feature put most information and documents just a click away, for greater transparency to community groups and business partners. Special sections also cover the port's extensive environmental programs, properties for lease, and construction activities.
"Simple and to the point," said Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani. "That's what our website visitors are looking for, and our team is delivering with a concise new website that I think is informative, efficient and engaging," he added.
WSDOT press release:
The nightly lane closures are almost over in Tukwila and drivers now have smoother, more skid resistant sections on I-5, just in time for fall rains.
Our contractor crews have ripped out and replaced nearly 58 of the worst concrete panels in the area. The remaining work is expected to be complete by early next week.
But we’re not done creating a smoother ride on I-5 in King County just yet. More work is scheduled for early summer 2012 on I-5 near S. 260th Street in Kent and between the University District and Roanoke Avenue in Seattle.
Do you know your transit holiday schedule?
Take a moment to prepare yourself for the holiday season and winter weather. Inclement weather conditions and holidays can impact your daily commute. Be sure you know what your bus is doing this holiday season.
As a reminder, Friday is Veteran’s Day, and all King Country Metro Service will be on a holiday schedule.
In September 2011, the City of Des Moines announced the start of a new road safety camera program to prevent speeding in school zones. The School Zone Safety Program aims to protect students, drivers, and passengers from injuries or crashes caused by speeding near Woodmont Elementary School. The city has installed speed compliance cameras in the school zone along the northbound and southbound lanes of 16th Avenue South.
This School Safety Program initially had a 30-day introductory period where warning notices but no fines will be issued to the registered owner of any vehicle photographed while speeding. This introductory and public education phase was due to expire on November 1, 2011. Due to some scheduling issues, the warning notices were not mailed out to the registered owners during the full 30 days.
The purpose of the School Safety Program is to alert drivers to the school zones, reduce speeds, and increase safety for students. A vital part of this new program is to educate the community of this program before enforcement begins.