NOVEMBER 2, 2015


Feds say regular Wash. driver’s license isn’t strict enough for flying

The Associated Press, October 30, 2015, Seattle Times

Are you accustomed to flashing your plain old, standard Washington driver’s license in the security line at the airport? It may not get you through much longer.

The federal government has denied Washington state an extension from complying with tougher federal requirements that require proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver’s licenses and IDs to be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft.

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Exclusive: Space-squeezed Sea-Tac to use buses to get passengers to planes

Steve Wilhelm, October 29, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

The Seattle area’s primary airport is running out of gates, so you may have to take a bus to your next flight.

As Seattle-Tacoma International Airport copes with meteoric growth— with the September passenger count up 13.6 percent compared to just a year ago — it’s being forced to put people on buses to get out to their jets.

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Port of Kalama to buy floating dock for potential client

Marissa Luck, October 29, 2015, The Daily News

Port of Kalama Commissioners Wednesday agreed to spend $90,000 on a barge to serve as a floating dock for a prospective tenant.

The port wouldn’t reveal which company the dock would serve because negotiations are still ongoing. Port Executive Director Mark Wilson said typically the port would have waited for talks to be complete before buying equipment for the client, but the port worried the barge wouldn’t be on the market much longer.

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Seattle-Tacoma gateway development strategy unfolds

Bill Mongelluzzo, November 1, 2015,

The Northwest Seaport Alliance has outlined the goals and strategies that will guide future development of the Seattle-Tacoma gateway in an era that will be dominated by big ships, mega-alliances and fierce competition among ports for a larger piece of the North American container trade.

The strategic plan will result in marine terminal consolidation and redevelopment, cooperation with state and local authorities in upgrading roadway and intermodal connectors, improved and more reliable delivery of port services and a greater focus on understanding and satisfying the needs of carriers and cargo interests in the Pacific Northwest. All of these activities will take place in an environmentally sustainable manner.

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Agreement reached for freight route improvements

Steve Dunkelberger, October 29, 2015, Tacoma Weekly

The multi-phased project will improve the main access to the Port of Tacoma and the north Fife business district by creating a second ramp so that traffic will have one-way only routes to and from the shipping terminals. The agreement allows Fife to sell three right-of-way parcels at the intersection for about $200,000 to help fund the project while the port will contribute up to $1.5 million to the project.

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