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PUGET SOUND REGIONAL COUNCIL: GUIDELINES SET FOR COMMENT AT PUBLIC HEARING ON REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION RECOMMENDATION

 SEATTLE, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A seven-hour public hearing March 24 at the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion will provide communities and residents of the region a chance to tell elected officials how the area's long-term commercial air transportation capacity needs should be met, the Puget Sound Regional Council said today.
 The Transportation Policy Board, an advisory body to the Puget Sound Regional Council, has recommended that the region "vigorously pursue" a major new supplemental airport and a third runway at Sea-Tac Airport. The board specified, however, that certain conditions would have to be met before additional capacity could be added at Sea-Tac.
 The public hearing, from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 24, will be conducted by the Regional Council's Executive Board, which includes elected officials from King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Sign-up for presenting oral comments at the hearing will begin at 2 p.m.
 There will be three sign-up sheets; speakers will be chosen alternately from each sheet in the order in which they have signed up. Individual speakers will be limited to three minutes, or to five minutes for organization representatives, but those limits may be reduced if necessary to give all those who wish a chance to speak.
 Under federal and state law, the Regional Council is the Metropolitan Planning and Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the central Puget Sound region, and is responsible for adopting and working to implement a regional transportation plan and integrating growth management and transportation decisions.
 A key element of the regional transportation plan is the Regional Airport System Plan, which the Council's General Assembly is scheduled to amend April 29 with a final decision on how to meet the region's commercial air transportation capacity needs. The Regional Council's General Assembly includes mayors, county executives, and city and county council and commission members in the four-county region, plus representatives from the Ports of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma, and the state Transportation Commission and Department of Transportation.
 The Policy Board's recommendation stipulates that the third runway could be approved as early as April 1, 1996, unless it is shown through an environmental impact statement that a supplemental site is feasible and can eliminate the need for the third runway; and, after demand management and system management programs are pursued and achieved, or determined to be infeasible, based on independent evaluation; and, when noise reduction performance objectives are scheduled, pursued and achieved based on independent evaluation, and based on measurement of real noise impacts.
 The Policy Board decided also that small supplemental airports, and specifically Paine Field in Snohomish County, should not be part of the "preferred alternative" for meeting the region's commercial air transportation needs.
 Following the public hearing, the Transportation Policy Board will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 25, at the Bellevue Conference Center, 505 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, to discuss whether to further refine the conditions that it attached to its recommendation.
 The Executive Board will then take up the recommendation at meetings April 1 and April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, at the Bellevue Conference Center. The Executive Board's recommendation from the April 8 meeting will be forwarded to the Regional Council General Assembly, which meets to make a final decision from 3 to 6 p.m. April 29 at the Seattle Center Flag Pavilion.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Milne of Puget Sound Regional Council, 206-587-5060/


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