One Million Miles Saved
miles of drive-alone commuting were eliminated over the past year by
Duwamish, Ballard and Tukwila employees participating in the Easy Rewards
commute trip reduction program.
The 990 people who participated in
Easy Rewards from June 2007 through May 2008 accounted for 963,182 saved
miles. Participants average 80,000 saved per month, so they passed the
million mark earlier this month.
In addition to saved miles, the
Easy Rewards participants saved 26 tons of drive-alone carbon emissions
while sparing themselves $550,000 in car operating costs. They also
eliminated 52,459 drive-along commutes.
Easy Rewards provides up to
$225 in financial incentives to drivers who work in the M&I centers
willing to try carpools, vanpools, transit or some other alternative to
drive-alone commuting. Seed money of up to $2,000 is also available for
employers who create transportation benefit programs for their
Easy Rewards is a partnership between the Washington
State Department of Transportation, Metro and the Duwamish TMA.
TMA is a group of businesses that banded together to try to improve
transportation services in the Duwamish. For more information about the
TMA or Easy Rewards, call Erin Evetts at 206-762-2470.
SODO Action Agenda BIG
The SODO Action Agenda
is a planning project being led by the City of Seattle Office of Economic
Development. The goal of the Action Agenda is to support the businesses
and employees that make up the SODO community by helping them to better
define their priorities for transportation, freight mobility, pedestrian
safety, and public safety.
Seattle's Office of Economic
Development is holding an Open House on Wed, Jul 9, 11:30-1:30, Qwest
Field-West Club Lounge. Light lunch provided. If you need a FREE parking
pass check out our calendar at www.seattleindustry.org/calendar.php
Lunch Bus Tours
Seattle has announced their Lunch bus tours for 2008. They will tour:
- Carnitech, Cityice and Terminal 91 Tour - Thursday, July 10
- Containerized Cargo Tour - Thursday, July 17
- Fishermen's Terminal Tour - Thursday, July 24
fill up fast so register today. For more information check out this
Increased Ferry service and Patrol for
4th of July weekend
Next week the WSDOT
Ferries Division will be increasing some of their services to accommodate
for heavy holiday travel. Along with the added travel service, the
Washington State Patrol will be present to help enforce the firework laws
of Washington State and the security of ferry passengers. Riders are also
being asked to disembark the vessel once it reaches each port. This means
that riders wishing to watch the firework shows from the decks will have
to do so from the shore after reaching its destination.
the added services for the Central Sound Ferries:
Friday, July 4: Saturday schedule. A parade will cause delays for
customers offloading from the 12:05 p.m. sailing to Kingston and customers
catching the 12:50 p.m. from Kingston.
• Seattle/Bainbridge: Friday,
July 4: Weekend schedule.
• Seattle/Bremerton: Friday, July 4: Extra
sailings at 10:10 p.m. from Bremerton and 11:30 p.m. from
Additional services can be found on the WSDOT website - http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/commuter_updates/index.cfm?fuseaction=press_releases_content&press_release_id=612
would like to advise all passengers who are planning on bringing legal
fireworks (sparklers, ground spinners and roman candles) aboard the
vessels that they be placed where they are easily accessible to the WSP to
examine and allow for extra screening time before boarding. All illegal
fireworks or other types of explosive devices will be confiscated and
disposed of before the passenger is allowed to board the
For more information about fireworks and fireworks safety,
visit the WSP Web site at www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks.