[nfbwatlk] FW: Sound Transit CEO Report

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
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CEO Report 


>From Joni Earl 

Nov. 20, 2009 

In this edition 

Link to the airport Saturday Dec. 19 

First Hill Streetcar on the way 

FTA Quarterly this week 

Update to State Transportation Commission 

Thanksgiving Holiday Service 

Photo of the Week 

Sound Transit Finance Committee action on Thursday 

Link to the airport Saturday, Dec. 19 

Less than a month. That's all the time left before Link light rail trains
begin regular passenger service to the airport. 

This light rail connection to Sea-Tac is a big achievement for the region.
On that first day, service begins at 10 a.m. following a ceremony at the new
SeaTac/Airport Station. Normal Link operating hours are 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. 

The SeaTac/Airport Station is connected to the airport's main terminal
garage via a pedestrian walkway. Airport passengers will follow a covered
separated walkway through the garage to the main terminal. Luggage carts
will be available. 

Once trains are running, the free shuttle bus that's been operating between
the Tukwila light rail station and the airport will be discontinued. 

First Hill Streetcar on the way 

We were very pleased to announce this week that Sound Transit and the City
of Seattle have an agreement for expedited construction of the First Hill

Under the agreement, a streetcar line linking Seattle's First Hill
neighborhood with Capitol Hill and the International District will open by
2013 instead of the originally planned 2016. 

The First Hill Streetcar will serve major Seattle work centers, including
Swedish Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center,
Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College. 

The line will also provide easy access to the Link light rail system that
opened this summer and the Capitol Hill light rail station when University
Link opens in 2016. 

FTA quarterly this week 

The 45th Sound Transit/ Federal Transit Administration quarterly meeting was
held here on Wednesday. As in the past, we gave the FTA a detailed update on
our Sound Transit projects and services, including the latest on ridership,
the Link connection to the airport and construction of the University Link
line from downtown to the UW. 

Update to Washington State Transportation Commission 

On Tuesday, I was in Everett meeting with the State Transportation
Commission. At the meeting I gave the commission an update on Sound Transit
projects and services and also talked about our strategies for dealing with
the national economic recession. 

Like most agencies that rely on the local sales tax revenue, Sound Transit's
revenues are down. Over the course of this year, a team of internal Sound
Transit experts studied that issue and released a report outlining our
principles for dealing with the shortfall. 

Those principles include: 

*	Saving operating dollars wherever and whenever possible. 

*	Acquiring knowledge early on about capital projects to increase
certainty and reduce risks. 

*	Maintaining strict cost and scope control on projects. 

*	Optimizing the building phases of projects to save dollars. 

The meeting in Everett went very well and there was good discussion. 

Thanksgiving holiday service 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Next Thursday, Thanksgiving day, ST Express buses, Central Link  and Tacoma
Link light rail trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Sounder commuter
trains will not run. 

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, all services will run on their
regular weekday schedule. 

Photo of the Week 

Our photo this week shows continuing work on the Newcastle Transit
Improvements project. 

to/> http://www.soundtransit.org/newsroom/photo/. 

The Sound Transit Finance Committee on Thursday: 

*	Approved a two-year contract with a one-year option with Point B to
provide document management services for a total authorized contract amount
not to exceed $462,160. 

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