Oct. 22, 2008
The future of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and State Route 99 are the
subjects of a special meeting next Tuesday between Frank Chopp, Speaker of
the House in the Washington State Legislature, and the Duwamish business
The meeting will be held next Tuesday, October 28,
starting at 4:30 p.m., at the Manufacturing Industrial Council office
in Georgetown at 5509 1st Avenue South. The meeting is open to the
public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to 207-762-2470, if you plan
Chopp will present his ideas about the viaduct and time
will be set aside for questions and community concerns. The meeting is
scheduled to last one hour.
Carpool Program Saved
Congratulations to the
1,200-plus people who participated in the recently concluded "Easy
Rewards" Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program sponsored by the Duwamish
Transportation Management Association.
The program concluded at the
end of September. September was also the most successful month in the
history of the program, with 534 people participating at 235 work
The program was funded by the Washington State Department of
Transportation, Metro and Duwamish area employers. Easy Rewards provided
small financial incentives to encourage people to try carpools, vanpools,
public transit, bicycling and other alternatives to drive-alone
In addition to saving themselves more than $1
million in car operating expenses, Easy Rewards participants helped the
environment while easing growth in Duwamish area traffic congestion. From
June 2006 through last month, Easy Rewards participants:
- eliminated 1.7 million miles of drive-alone commuting destined for
- used carpools, vanpools or other CTR alternatives on 100,200 work
- prevented the release of 97,394 pounds of carbon emissions.
Benefit documentation comes from program records, AAA
and government air quality agencies.
Easy Rewards program was
developed and managed by Erin Evetts. The Duwamish TMA will attempt to
reinstitute the program during 2009.
Sound Transit + Parking Community
First, the good news -
Sound Transit's Link Light Rail service will come to SODO in 2009. But
what will that mean for local business owners and employees in SODO who
will find themselves competing with Sound Transit customers for scarce
SODO parking spots?
Local impacts involving parking and related
Metro transit service issues will be the subjects of a Forum, Thursday,
November 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mezza Café at the Starbucks Center at
1st and Lander. Representatives from the City of Seattle Department of
Transportation, Sound Transit and Metro will be on hand to present
information and answer questions.
The advent of Link Light Rail
will activate the two Sound Transit stations that presently stand vacant
in SODO located on the 5th Ave Busway with a stop at Lander near the US
Post Office facility and Royal Brougham near the sports stadiums. The
stations will provide great service into downtown Seattle and may prove
especially attractive to "hide-and-ride" transit users who will hope to
park for free in SODO to avoid the high costs of parking downtown.
Sound Transit is working with Metro and local governments
throughout the region and with Metro to help deal with station-related
issues. SODO poses challenges that are unique along the Link Light Rail
routes. These include SODO's close proximity to downtown Seattle, the
community's reliance on street parking, the shortage of off-street parking
facilities and the limitations on bus transit service that help to
perpetuate drive-alone commuting.
The forum will be structured to
provide a collaborative environment for exchanging information and
answering questions. The event is sponsored by the Duwamish Transportation
Management Association and is open to the public. Admission is free. For
more information call 206-762-2470
Join the Party
planning the Manufacturing Industrial Council 10th Anniversary
celebration. The date is December 3rd, 2008 from 5:15-9:00 at Rock Salt at
1232 Westlake Ave N on Lake Union. We are hoping you put the date on your
calendar and plan to come.
We are looking for table sponsors and
or table captains and we are also going to have a wine raffle and are
looking for fine wine contributions.
Call for more information