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
While Joni is on medical leave, these CEO Reports are from Mike Harbour, Deputy CEO.
CEO Report for February 28, 2014
S. 200th garage
Work on the S. 200th Link extension is moving along. The Sound Transit Board on Thursday approved a contract to design and construct a parking garage and plaza next to the Angle Lake Station. The contract, with the joint venture firm of Harbor Pacific/Graham, is for up to $32.3 million, which includes an 8 percent contingency.
Under this design-build contract, Harbor Pacific/Graham will build a 1,050-stall parking garage, plaza/drop-off area and retail space structure for future lease. About 35,000 square feet at the site will be held for future transit-oriented development.
Overall, the South 200th Link Extension expands light rail about 1.6 miles on elevated guideway from the SeaTac/Airport Station to a new, elevated station spanning South 200th Street.
Passenger service should begin in 2016.East Link meeting
Tacoma Link expansion
The potential expansion of Tacoma Link continued on track Thursday when the Sound Transit Board chose the Stadium Way and Martin Luther King Way alignment for environmental study.
Under that route, Tacoma Link would extend from downtown Tacoma to the Stadium and Hilltop districts.
During the upcoming environmental review period, the route will undergo conceptual engineering, station locations will also be identified and site options for an expanded maintenance facility will be studied. After that, the Board is scheduled to select the final alignment by spring 2015. Construction is contingent on securing local and federal funding.
You can learn more at the Tacoma Link Expansion page.
You don't often see osprey and transit mentioned together, but that was the case this week when Sound Transit and Seattle City Light teamed up to install an osprey pole adjacent to our Link Operations & Maintenance Facility in the SODO area of Seattle.
It's an interesting story that goes back a few years. A pair of osprey have been nesting on a cell phone tower located on the Operations & Maintenance property for at least nine seasons, hatching chicks each year. Then last fall, T-Mobile removed the nest from the cell tower and installed a device to prevent the birds from returning. Bird nests can interfere with cell tower and power pole operations, sometimes even causing fires on the poles.
Meanwhile, dedicated O&M staff had been following the osprey for years and experts knew the birds would likely return looking to nest on another pole in the area. To avoid future problems, we worked with Seattle City Light this week to install a 60-foot tall telephone pole with an osprey platform on top in the corner of our O&M Facility.
The pole was successfully installed and will be a safe, long-term place for the birds to nest.
See our Photo of the Week for a picture of the pole installation.
The Sound Transit Board on Thursday:
- Approved an increase in the contingency for the contract with CA Carey Corporation to provide construction services for the Mukilteo Station - South Platform project in the amount of $1,100,000, for a new total authorized contract amount not to exceed $8,145,500.
- Approved a contract with Harbor Pacific/Graham, a Joint Venture, to design and construct a parking garage and plaza next to the Angle Lake Station within the S. 200th Link Extension in the amount of $29,978,000, with an 8 percent contingency of $2,398,240, for a total authorized contract amount not to exceed $32,376,240.
- Authorized the chief executive officer to acquire or lease certain real property interests, including acquisition by condemnation and to reimburse eligible relocation and reestablishment expenses incurred by affected owners and tenants as necessary for the East Link Extension.
- Approved Gates 2 and 3 within Sound Transit's Phase Gate process for the Tacoma Trestle Track and Signal project, (2) amended the Adopted 2014 Lifetime Budget for the Tacoma Trestle Track and Signal project from $10,254,520 to $11,454,520 by increasing the preliminary engineering phase budget by $1,200,000, and (3) amended the Adopted 2014 Annual Budget from $5,474,000 to $10,674,000 by increasing (a) the Preliminary Engineering phase from $3,020,000 to $4,220,000 and (b) the Right-of-way phase from $2,000,000 to $6,000,000.
- Identified the Tacoma Link Expansion light rail alignment(s) to advance into environmental review.