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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 September 19, 2014


Fair trains

I wanted to pass along a quick reminder that we're running Sounder trains again on Saturday to Puyallup for the Washington State Fair.

This week we're adding cars to the trains to accommodate more passengers. Ridership on the special trains last Saturday was very good. So good, in fact, we found we didn't have enough train cars to handle the crowd flow and used buses to get some people home.

Fortunately, the Fair came through and provided scones and water for those riding the buses. Thanks also to King County Metro, who was very responsive in providing buses on a moment's notice. And, of course, special thanks go out to our riders for their patience.

To learn more about the trains on Saturday, see State Fair.

Fare change

Starting today, the public comment period opens on three fare change options for a potential new low-income fare.

The potential low-income adult fare would align with King County Metro's program and would ensure consistent fares for low-income riders. To offset the revenue loss, other Sound Transit fares would increase by 25 cents where the low income discount is applied.

The public comment period includes open houses and an online survey. See fare change for details. The Board is expected to make a decision on the fares at its Nov. 20 meeting.

Let us know what you think.

Bel-Red Open House

We had a good open house in Bellevue earlier this week where we went over the completed 130th station design plans. Check out the station design.

Community and stakeholder involvement was key in shaping the station's design and about 65 community members were at the open house. We also talked about East Link early construction in Bel-Red, which is starting in 2015 and 2016, and includes utility relocations and preparing work areas.

Service on the 14-mile East Link line is projected to begin in 2023.

Seahawks train

We're already a couple games into it, but Sunday is the start of this season's Sounder Seahawks service. It also happens to be the Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos. Avoid parking hassles and join other 12s for a ride to the stadium on Sounder.

See schedules and fares.

And, as always, regular Link light rail and ST Express buses provide service near CenturyLink Field.

Have a great weekend.


Mike Harbour, Deputy CEOMike Harbour, Sound Transit Acting CEO