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June 25, 2008
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Duwamish TMA Employer Rewards Program

MIC TMA Working Together

One Million Miles Saved
One million 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 employees.

Easy Rewards is a partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation, Metro and the Duwamish TMA.

The 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 EVENT
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
Port of 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

These tours fill up fast so register today. For more information check out this pdf



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.

Here are the added services for the Central Sound Ferries:
Edmonds/Kingston: 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 Seattle.

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

WSP 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 vessel.

For more information about fireworks and fireworks safety, visit the WSP Web site at www.wsp.wa.gov/fireworks.

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