[nfbwatlk] FW: Sound Transit CEO Report

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
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CEO Report 


>From Joni Earl 

Dec. 4, 2009 

In this edition 

Link to the airport 

Photo of the Week 

Track grinding begins Monday 

Seahawks service this Sunday 

Sounder seat upgrades 

Finance Committee action from Thursday 

Light rail to the airport opening coming up 

Earlier this week, I put on my hardhat and toured the new Link
SeaTac/Airport station. It's pretty obvious when you're out at the station
that we're almost ready to go. 

Trains will begin carrying passengers on Saturday, Dec. 19, just over two
weeks from today. On that first day, regular service begins about 10 a.m.
following a ceremony at the new station. 

The SeaTac/Airport Station is connected to the fourth floor of the airport's
parking garage via a pedestrian walkway. Airport passengers will follow a
covered and dedicated walkway through the garage to the main terminal. 

The entire 15.6-mile trip from the airport to Westlake Station in downtown
Seattle takes 36 minutes, and that's regardless of the weather or freeway

Photo of the Week 

Our photo this week shows some of the new artwork that's gone up at the
SeaTac/Airport light rail station.
to/> http://www.soundtransit.org/newsroom/photo/ 

Track grinding begins Monday 

Starting Monday evening, in an effort to reduce Link light rail track noise,
we'll begin grinding the rails. The grinding will smooth the tracks and help
reduce noise levels from passing trains. This is just one element of Sound
Transit's program to reduce noise from Link trains. 

The work will begin in Rainier Valley, between the East Portal to the Beacon
Hill Tunnel and the south city limits, near South Norfolk Street. In
following weeks, the grinding will occur on the new Airport segment,
Tukwila, and SODO.   

Work hours are from about 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night, six nights a week.
Trains will operate at a reduced frequency after 7 p.m. on work nights,
operating at 20 minute intervals instead of the normal 10 and 15 minute

The grinding will not be performed on Sundays and December 24 to December

The grinding machine moves along the track at 3 to 6 mph and will make
several passes to smooth out the rails. Because the machine is moving when
it's making noise, the disturbance should be brief in any one area. 

The project is scheduled to be finished by Dec. 30. 

Seahawks service on Sunday 

If you're attending the Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, you should consider
riding Sound Transit trains or buses. 

Special Sounder trains from Everett and Tacoma, with their regular stops,
will run to the stadium and back. The trains arrive and depart from King
Street Station, a short walk from the stadium. 

Fans can also arrive near the stadium from our regularly scheduled Link
light rail trains or ST Express buses. 

Check out the Sound Transit Web site, www.soundtransit.org
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updated schedule information. 

Sounder seat upgrades 

Starting early next year, Sounder riders may notice that we're starting to
refurbish our Sounder cars with new high-quality cushions, fabric coverings
and easy-to-clean custom vinyl headsets. 

Beginning with the oldest cars, upholstery will be upgraded one car at a
time until all 58 cars in the current Sounder fleet are improved by 2013. 

The Sound Transit Finance Committee on Thursday: 

*	Approved an agreement with the University of Washington for
project-related construction services, betterments, and post-final design
change management in the amount of $2,000,000, with a contingency of
$200,000 for a total authorized agreement amount not to exceed $2,200,000
and 2) ratify actions taken to authorize the University of Washington to
perform certain, limited utility service connection and restoration work at
the University of Washington Station site, and 3) approve execution of the
first Task Order under this new agreement for that work. 

*	Approved a three-year contract with two one-year options with Aon
Risk Services to provide insurance brokerage and consulting services for a
total authorized contract amount not to exceed $1,025,000. 

*	 Approved a three-year agreement with two one-year options to extend
with Pierce Transit for operations and maintenance of the Tacoma Dome
Station for a total authorized agreement amount not to exceed $2,784,02. 

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