City Manager’s Weekly Report for March 31, 2018

Here’s your Normandy Park City Manager’s Weekly Report for March 31, 2018:

Highline Forum.  Wednesday’s Highline Forum meeting was hosted by the City of Federal Way; the city has become a meaningful participant of the Forum within the last year, as airport issues are re-emerging.  A bio for new Port of Seattle Executive Director (retired Rear Admiral) Steven Metruck is at  An update on the on-going Sea-Tac regional ultrafine particulate study can be found at, 45 minutes and 36 seconds into the meeting.  The formative PowerPoint was presented by Dr. Edmund Seto and Dr. Tim Larson, both of the University of Washington, who are conducting the study.  Subsequent to this study, toxicology analysis and epidemiological analysis will need to follow, to pinpoint consequences to the ultrafine particulates data.  Such studies have not yet been funded. I serve on the review team for the ultrafine particulates study; the next study review meeting will likely be in July.

Community Connections.   Emily Kish, King County Metro project manager for Normandy Park’s “Community Connections” pilot project, will attend the April 10 City Council meeting to give a status update on the project. The recent Solution Concepts Preference Survey, the project’s second community survey, has closed. Emily will report on the Solution Concepts tested by this survey. Thanks to all of you who completed the survey! Metro and the City of Normandy Park are working together to improve mobility options for our city’s residents to make it easier for residents to get where they want to go. This current local transportation opportunity is unique in King and Pierce Counties.

Sound Transit Expansion.   Sound Transit ridership topped 42 million in 2016, a 23% increase over the prior year. Current Sound Transit expansion plans include 116 miles of light rail, more than five times its current length, as well as bus rapid transit serving north, east and south of Lake Washington, and an extended Sounder south line with more frequent services than today.  The south line will have longer trains and two additional stations.  The stations will include new parking spaces and miles of bike and pedestrian paths.  All this should coordinate with current and future Transit Oriented Development, creating walkable neighborhoods near stations, as well as last mile connections to the stations, such as the current alternative plan being designed for Normandy Park.  All these alternative transportation modes are estimated to achieve a reduction of 793,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.   To review current and future routes see:

Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA  98166
(206) 248-8246 (direct line)

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