[nfbwatlk] FW: Sound Transit CEO Report

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CEO Report 


>From Joni Earl 

Jan. 9, 2009 

In this edition 

Sad news 

Ron Klein joins Sound Transit 

Link light rail fare meetings coming up 

Photo of the Week 

Board Finance Committee action from Thursday  

Sad news 

I have very sad news to pass along. Jack Crawford, a former Sound Transit
Boardmember, died recently. Jack was on the Kenmore City Council and was an
outstanding member of our Board from January 2000 through 2005.  He was also
on the Board Finance Committee for his entire term, including vice-chair
from 2002-2005 and chair in 2005.  He left the Sound Transit Board when he
chose not to run for re-election. 

I’ll remember Jack for his energy, his unwavering support of Sound Transit
and his outstanding service to the region. Even after he left the Sound
Transit Board, he remained in close touch. Jack and his wife of 40 years,
Char, were regulars at Sound Transit events. 

Jack’s memorial service was Wednesday, and as Mayor Nickels said at the
Sound Transit Board’s Executive Committee meeting yesterday, the service was
truly joyous for a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. 

Ron Klein joins Sound Transit 

Many of you know Ron Klein from his eight years as Communications Director
for Pierce County, including his close work with John Ladenburg, former
Pierce County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair. 

Before his work in Pierce County, Ron’s extensive background in advertising
and marketing included Executive Creative Director and Senior Vice President
of Cole & Weber, Inc. the advertising and public relations agency with
offices in Seattle and Portland. 

I’m very pleased to announce that Ron is joining Sound Transit later this
month as our new communications director. With voter approval of Sound
Transit 2 last November, Sound Transit is entering a period of unprecedented
growth and challenge. I announced Ron’s hiring to the Sound Transit staff
this week as part of an agency re-organization that positions us for the
work ahead. Ron’s a valuable asset to the region and we’re very excited to
have his talents on board. 

A few weeks ago I also announced the hiring of Ron Tober as Deputy CEO for
this year. He will join us in early February. Ron Tober is another great
addition to our agency with his 35 years of transit capital and operating
experience, including CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System. 

Link light rail fare meetings coming up 

As you know, passenger service begins this summer on the Link light rail
line between downtown Seattle and Tukwila. By late 2009, light rail service
will extend all the way to Sea-Tac Airport. Before that service can begin,
however, Sound Transit must decide how much passengers will pay to ride. 

Similar to our Sounder commuter rail service, we’re proposing a
distance-based fare for Link, with discounts for youth, seniors and persons
with disabilities. Under that system, Link passengers will pay a base price
for a ride on the system, with the cost increasing the farther you go. 

We’re looking for public comments on two Link fare pricing options. The
first option allows Link passengers to ride free in the Downtown Seattle
Transit Tunnel with a $2 base fare and an additional $0.05 charge per mile.
The second option requires charging Link passengers in the Downtown Seattle
Transit Tunnel, but reduces the base fare to $1.75 with a $0.05 increment
per mile.  

The Sound Transit Board is asking the public’s involvement before making a
final decision. A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. Feb. 5,
from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Sound Transit, Union Station, Ruth Fisher
Board Room 
401 S. Jackson St. in Seattle. 

In addition, Sound Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation
(SDOT) are also looking for public comments to help shape new on-street
parking regulations around Seattle’s light rail stations. 

At a series of upcoming public outreach events you can learn more and tell
us what you think about the proposed fares and the on-street parking

Join us: 

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

El Centro de la Raza 

2524 16th Avenue S., Seattle 

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 

6 - 8 p.m. 

New Holly Gathering Place 

7054 32nd Avenue S. Seattle 

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 

10 a.m. to noon 

Mezza Café, Starbucks Corporate Building, Floor 3 

2401 S. Utah Street/ S. Lander Street, Seattle 

You can also get more information or give us your comments online at
<http://www.soundtransit.org/> www.soundtransit.org. 

Photo of the Week 

Our photo this week shows Link light rail testing.

The Sound Transit Board on Thursday 

*	Approved contracts for on-call, temporary staffing services with
AppleOne Employment Services, Parker Staffing Services, Robert Half
International (Accountemps), SRI Technologies Inc., Triplenet Technologies,
Inc., TechStaff, Inc. and VOLT Services Group for two years, beginning
January 1, 2009, with the option to extend for three additional one-year
periods at Sound Transit’s sole discretion. Further, the chief executive
officer is authorized to execute individual contracts that exceed $200,000,
provided the two-year aggregate of temporary staffing services does not
exceed the amount of $2 million. 

*	Approved a one-year contract with McBee Strategic Consulting to
provide federal relations consulting services in the amount of $590,073 with
options to extend for two additional one-year periods for a total authorized
contract amount not to exceed $1,823,855. 

*	Approved a one-year agreement with Pierce Transit and the City of
Auburn for operation of bus Route 497 between Lakeland Hills and Auburn
Station in the amount of $116,871, with a 15 percent contingency of $17,531
for a total authorized agreement amount of $134,402. 

*	Approved an agreement with Community Transit to share engineering
and design costs for upgrading and expanding Kasch Park base in an amount
not to exceed $600,000. 

*	Approved a contract amendment with W.W. Grainger, Inc. to provide
necessary shop tools and maintenance equipment for the Central Link Light
Rail Initial Segment/Airport Link project in the amount of $466,896, with a
10 percent contingency of $46,689, totaling $513,585 for a new total
authorized contract amount not to exceed $653,585. 

*	Approved a one year contract with four one-year options with TubeArt
Displays, Inc. to provide operational signage for the Central Link Initial
Segment/Airport Link project in the amount of $263,805, with a 5 percent
contingency of $13,190, for a total authorized contract amount not to exceed

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