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Joni Earl

Our job is building a mass transit system that connects you with the Puget Sound region. As Sound Transit's CEO, I can assure you that everyone here - including our Board of Directors, staff and consultants - is committed to bringing you safe and reliable service.

Joni Earl, Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer

CEO Report for July 2, 2015


Legislature approves ST 3 funding authority

The state Legislature on Wednesday cleared the path for Sound Transit to send voters a ST3 ballot measure in November 2016. And at a news conference following the Legislature's action, Sound Transit Board leaders said they will move forward with that ballot measure.

The transportation package approved by the Legislature and awaiting signature by the Governor gives voters the ability to consider new revenue sources that could raise up to $15 billion over 15 years to extend light rail and other regional transit services farther into King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The Legislature's action was historic in giving Puget Sound voters dramatically expanded options for responding to our rising population and congestion. It was enabled by strong support from both parties and advocacy by the business, labor and environmental communities.

Last month, the Board launched the first wave of public involvement to shape ST3. A series of meetings around the region wrapped up last week. The public has until July 8 to complete an online survey to help the Board decide which transit expansions should be studied for ST3. You can find the survey at

Regional Day Passes

Transit agencies across the region this week jointly announced the launch of Regional Day Passes, which will make it easier for tourists and visitors to use transit.

The $8 Regional Day Pass for adult riders is valid for unlimited rides on services with fares up to $3.50. A $4 Regional Day Pass for ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit cardholders is valid for unlimited rides on services with fares up to $1.75.

Local residents can also purchase day passes. Learn more about ORCA or purchase cards and products at

Happy Fourth

A quick note to let you know that we're running modified train and bus schedules on Friday and Saturday for the Fourth of July holiday.

Check the Holiday service schedule.

Have a fun and safe Fourth.

--Mike Harbour, Sound Transit Acting CEO