NOVEMBER 10, 2016


Sea-Tac on pace to be among nation’s top 10 busiest airports

Evan Bush, November 10, 2016, The Seattle Times

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you in the luggage line: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is busier than ever.

“If the numbers keep up, we will likely be the fastest-growing large airport in the country for the third year in a row,” Port of Seattle commissioner John Creighton said. “We’re projecting that will put us in the top 10 U.S. busiest airports. We’re 13th now.”

The port expects Sea-Tac Airport to leapfrog Houston, Phoenix and Miami on that list.

Through September, the airport has seen more than 9 percent growth in the number of passengers. If that growth continues, more than 45 million people will have arrived or departed from Sea-Tac this year.

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A new path to the Edmonds waterfront

Brian Soergel, November 9, 2016

After more than a year of study and public input, Mayor Dave Earling announced his full-throated support on Monday for his task force’s recommendation to increase pedestrian and vehicle access to the waterfront, which can be blocked for hours due to at-grade rail crossings at Main and Dayton streets.

And the winner is ….  the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector (previously dubbed the Edmonds Street Overpass), which would construct a single-lane structure from the intersection of Edmonds Street and Sunset Avenue down to the parking lot at Brackett’s Landing North, allowing access to Railroad Avenue and/or the ferry terminal.

The mayor’s advisory task force was made up of representatives from the city, Port of Edmonds, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit and Community Transit.

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Port oil facility would create longer delays at train crossings

November 9, 2016, The Daily World

A lot of the public outcry against a Port of Grays Harbor crude oil transfer facility centers around the potential for a devastating spill or fire, a catastrophe resulting in the loss of life and property. But what about potential impacts of just the daily operation of Contanda’s expansion plans, for instance, the impact of increased rail traffic on your daily commute? The Department of Ecology detailed just how many more trains there could be and what that means to for drivers waiting at the area’s busy rail crossings in its final EIS for the project.

Right now the Contanda terminal sees on average about four train cars a day, “But not every single day,” said terminal manager Steven Williams. “Depending on the day we can get up to 12 cars.” If the project goes forward, that number can grow up to five times. “We could see up to 60 cars a day,” he said.

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